Courses in the History of Early Modern Art and Architecture

Books, Sketchbooks, Reading, Drawing
The architectural book and its readers, authors, circulation and manufacture in the early modern period.

Architecture of the Eastern Mediterranean, 1350-1650 (co-taught with Gülru Necipoğlu) 
Architecture in Christian and Islamic regions of the eastern Mediterranean basin studied in comparative perspective with particular focus on the Italian, Ottoman, and Mamluk courts. Emphasis on cross-cultural encounters, uses of the Romano-Byzantine heritage, transmission of scientific knowledge and technology, patronage and architectural practice, languages of ornament, urban renovation, military architecture, emergence of monumental domed structures, churches, palaces and villas.

Renaissance Architecture and the Rise of Classicism 
Charts the rise and dissemination of classicism in Renaissance Europe. Lectures focus on the development of the style, its origin in the fascination with antiquity, its response to shifts in social and political life, its mechanisms of transmission (travel, book and print culture) as well as phenomena of exchange (with the East), colonial export, and resistance to this pan-European trend. 

Leon Battista Alberti (co-taught with Frank Fehrenbach) 
Explores Leon Battista Alberti’s multifaceted oeuvre with particular emphasis on the artistic and theoretical problems he posed before the artists of his time and subsequent generations.

Order and Disorder in Renaissance Architecture 
The effects of the heterogenuous "disordered" materials/media surviving from antiquity (words, fragments, painting, architectural representations on coins, plaquettes, reliefs, gems, vessels) on Renaissance architecture design. 

Giorgio Vasari: Art, History and Criticism in the Renaissance
Giorgio Vasari’s oeuvre as critic, historian, artist and architect as it illuminates conceptions of history, style, progress, aesthetic quality, artistic personality and exchanges between the arts in Renaissance Italy (with an emphasis on architecture).

Renaissance Theater Spaces (tutorial)

The Renaissance Villa (tutorial)

Andrea Palladio: Theory and Practice 
Explores the multifacetted architectural activity of Andrea Palladio and, through this vehicle, the broader tradition of Renaissance architecture culture that his work responded to, transmitted and transformed.

The Architectural Treatise in the Renaissance
Examines a new genre that came into being in the Renaissance: the illustrated architectural treatise. Special emphasis on the location of this genre in the culture of the time, on the consequent exchanges between architecture and other disciplines (the figural arts, the literary arts, the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics). Based on an intensive reading of architectural text as well as on their evaluation as objects (as printed artifacts, as illustrated manuals, as objects of ownership and gift-exchange, as portraits of their writers and of the profession) and on reading as activity.

Architectural Practice in the Renaissance

The Architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque in Europe

Renaissance Architecture in Tuscany 

Courses in the History of Modern Art and Architecture

Architectural Ornament and the Discourse of Modernism
Examines the contradictory fortunes of two complementary discourses in architecture: that associated with the object of daily use, and that concerned with ornament. In so doing the course will focus on architectural culture in the period 1850-1920s with its growing interest in Kunstindustrie (arts and crafts), in the body and its intimate apparel, in tools and textiles, crafting and fabricating and its intersection with the discourses from other disciplines—from the museum world (esp. display and collecting of the decorative arts), preservation of monuments, anthropology, ethnography, natural science, archaeology and art history.  

The Study of Architectural History: Critical Issues and Methodologies co-taught with Neil Levine

Architecture, Display and Mass Culture
Examines the redefinition of architecture at the turn of the 19th/20th century in both practice and theory in the context of the museum/exhibition movement and the rise of historical (archaeology, art history) and man-based sciences (anthropology, ethnology, psychology).

Le Corbusier and the Invention of Modernism
Investigates the architecture, painting, and texts of Le Corbusier against the background of competing claims for the invention of modernism in architecture.

History, Theory, Criticism and the Birth of the Modern Movement
Investigates the development of a modern discourse for architecture (as manifested in built and written work) and its relationship to late 19th century and early 20th century trends in (art) history-writing, criticism, philosophy and the sciences.

Architecture and Literature (co-taught with Neil Levine)
Examines exchanges between literature and architecture in terms of content (subject matter, social critique, historical awareness) and form (narrative structures, vocabulary, tropes) from Vasari through Goethe to Borges, and Alberti through Schinkel to Archigram.

Modern Architecture Since 1900

Consequences of Modernism: Architecture Since 1950