Academics & Course Offerings
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- ARCH 4116 Architectural Design (Vitali)
Rome offers a unique opportunity of investigating and understanding contemporary design issues within a historical urban context. Emphasis is put on the relationship between old and new and it is investigated in sites located in the historical center of Rome or in the proximity. Themes are chosen for their pertinence to problems that occur once you intervene in the context of an old city. The course offers advanced problems in architectural design and planning.
- ARCH 4653 Architecture of the City - History & Theory of Urban Form (Vitali) (satisfies Fine Arts core)
The aim of this course is to accompany you through the layering that composes Rome’s urban form. The different periods of the history of Rome will be presented in a series of site visits in which related issues will be analyzed and developed. The first part of the series will provide basic information on Ancient Rome’s architectural history; the second part of the series will be devoted to the description of the historic city, from the middle-ages to the 21st century, seeking to develop knowledge of the environment in which you are presently immersed. Professional Elective for Architecture Students
- ARCH 4023 Modern & Contemporary Architecture (Kohan) (satisfies Fine Arts core)
The course will explore all the different local conditions that determined these changes. The program is designed to enable students to acquire a critical understanding of architecture and debates in Italy and Europe in these last couple of decades. Central to the course is a consideration of a variety of interpretations of very recent architecture, in terms of formal architectural analysis, the analysis of space and the different theories that inform these analysis.
- ARCH 2993 Art and Culture in Italy (Del Gesso) (satisfies H2P III or equivalency)
Several civilizations and cultures have left an impressive collection of unique art and architectural masterpieces in Italy. This course describes the evolution of culture and aesthetics, and their immediate relationship with the creation of these works. The course includes site visits and lectures. Requirements include individual research projects (class presentation) and a final exam.
- ARCH 4023 Historic Preservation Seminar (Salvo/Cherubini)
This course aims to educate architects to assume leadership roles in historic preservation design and planning. While the programs will expose students to a broad spectrum of architectural preservation practices, the curriculum emphasizes the preservation of mid-20th century architecture, an emerging issue of concern in the discipline.
- ARCH 4023 Principles of Sustainable Architecture (Bedeschi)
Starting from the fundamental factors related to the definition of sustainable development, through the essential aspects of climate change, the course offers a reasoned analysis of the principles of sustainable and integrated design.
Designing for sustainability requires awareness of the full, short and long-term consequences of any transformation of the environment. Sustainable design is the conception and realization of environmentally sensitive and responsible expression as a part of the evolving matrix of nature.
ARCH 4023 Travel Writing (McGovern)
This course provides an opportunity for students to focus first-hand on the art and craft of travel writing, with particular emphasis on Italy. Through reading, writing, and visits in and around the city center, students will explore places of historic, artistic, cultural and personal interest. They will learn "by example" from a selection of great travel literature from the world in general, and from Italy in particular.
And they will learn "by doing," via a series of guided exercises and assignments that explore the distinctive qualities of travel writing and the ways in which this particular art can lead to a deeper understanding of their own experiences and cultural identity.
Liberal Arts Seminars (Tenative: These courses require a minimum participation of 12 students.)