AHI 103 Architecture 1400-Present
Architecture from the Italian Renaissance to critiques of Modernism in the post-World War II period, considered in the context of social, cultural, economic, and political developments.
The built environment is created through a complex interaction of history, human cognition, economics and public policy. As an architectural studies major, you learn how to distinguish those forces and understand the interplay between them. You draw on many different academic fields to do this, from art and design to math and environmental studies. In the best tradition of the liberal arts, you are encouraged to take the broadest possible view. Your studies prepare you for professional school in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation or urban planning, or to pursue a wide range of other careers.
You work closely with faculty mentors who lead small courses and seminars. Your final integrative project might be an internship in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or interior design. Students periodically visit firms and take trips to historic sites. Assignments often involve primary research. Recently, students worked with curator Stephen Fan on an exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum that explored architectural and social issues related to local Chinese immigrant communities.
Most architectural studies majors spend time abroad, either in a semester-long program or a summer internship. You might take part in an archaeological field project in Greece, visit architectural sites in Italy with classmates, or complete an internship with an architectural firm in Germany, Spain or England.
Joseph Alchermes' main research interests range from the Roman and Early Christian world to the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire with links to western Europe. He teaches a comparably broad array of courses, from the survey of ancient and medieval art to specialized investigations of Roman, eastern and western medieval, and Islamic art and architecture.
As an artist, Greg Bailey makes work that functions for him as his most direct and honest response possible to the world around him. Bailey’s use of metaphor relates his work both personally and universally. He uses a range of technical, conceptual, and expressive aspects in his work. His work combines narratives and contemporary theory; it engages in political, social and cultural awareness and commentary, utilizing elements of wit, humor, irony, and visual aesthetic.
Stephen Fan developed the curriculum for the introductory design studio, "Architecture: Conventions, Inventions, and Transgressions" and a participatory design-build workshop: "Evidence-based Design: Interdisciplinary Approaches," co-taught with environmental psychologist Ann Devlin. Both take Southeastern Connecticut as a site for architectural research and engagement.
Emily Morash offers courses that illustrate how social, political and cultural events shape the built environment. She teaches a range of courses, including the introductory survey (Architecture, 1400-Present), 20th-Century Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and American Architecture.
Christopher Steiner teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses in art history, anthropology and museum studies. His classes cover topics on the traditional and contemporary arts of Africa; on the visual representation of race and ethnic identity in art and film; on the history of museums and on recent museum debates and controversies; and on kitsch or "bad" art emerging from the margins, cracks and corners of the canonical art world.
Abigail Van Slyck was appointed Dean of the Faculty on Sept. 23, 2014. She had served as Interim Dean of the Faculty since July, 2014. Professor Van Slyck's research focuses on American architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular attention to commonplace building types constructed to house influential social institutions.
Architectural studies, Italian studies
A: As a visual person, I started college by taking art courses. Since I was also interested in writing, history and the sciences, I decided to major in architectural studies because of the program's interdisciplinary nature. There are so many areas to explore – from history to design to preservation. The luxury of choice and flexibility are quite appealing. The professors are also passionate and dedicated. It's hard not to get pulled in!
A: I studied in Florence the spring of my junior year. As a double major in architectural studies and Italian studies, the location was a perfect fusion of my interests. I took courses on architectural history, preservation and art and spent most of my class time around the city exploring the urban fabric. I also interned for a museum, giving tours and helping with programs at Palazzo Vecchio.
A: I've participated in several projects. The summer between junior and senior year, I worked for a historical society near Boston. I conducted research on noteworthy mid-century modern developments in the area and collected material for the society’s archives. Near the College, I've researched houses in and around historic districts for a local preservation organization, New London Landmarks.