CCOG for ART 215 Spring 2024

Course Number:
ART 215
Course Title:
History of American Residential Architecture
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Course Description

Examines the historical origins and elements of American house styles in order to develop insights into the residential architecture of our own era. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a required for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Design and Drafting and in Interior Design.
Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institu­tion to which the student wishes to transfer.
Students must be capable of reading and communicating in the English language and may be required to pass a listening competency test administered by the department. Students who may have a disability and wish an accommodation should make arrangements to meet with the instructor outside of class to discuss specific requests. Any request for accommodation may require that documentation of disability be reviewed by the Office for Students with Disabilities

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Understand the origins of American residential architecture and its relationship to the social, political, economical and religious influences of the era.
  • Develop insights into the residential architecture styles of our own era through an understanding of earlier styles.
  • Identify elements or components of particular architectural styles.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate reading assignments.
  • Identify elements or components of a particular architectural style, and relate facts and ideas about these elements in exam format.
  • Research, plan, compose, edit and revise short papers.
  • Participate in class field trips.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:

  • theory and criticism in the history of American residential architecture
  • pattern-based thinking and historical process
  • various interpretations of art
  • art and gender
  • creativity and the impulse to make art and architecture

Stylistic and Interpretive

  • visual literacy
  • architectural media and technique
  • "seeing and knowing"
  • iconography
  • the formal principles and elements of architecture

Social and Cultural

  • other peoples and their histories, values, and culture
  • American residential architecture and economics
  • American residential architecture and the social fabric
  • American residential architecture and religion
  • American residential architecture and politics
  • art and gender
  • relationship of culture and style
  • American residential architecture and cultural transmission
  • historical impact of art
  • the influence of architecture on ones own culture
    • the influence of architecture on relations with other cultures
  • American residential architecture and the architect
    • the impulse to make American residential architecture
    • the Gestalt of art
    • the role of the architect in society
    • biography 
  • geography and its influence on architecture and culture
  • artifact recovery, analysis, restoration, and incorporation into a larger historical fabric

Competencies and Skills:
The successful student should be able to:

  • work creatively with art historical data, using it to develop principles of art history
  • recognize and appraise patterns in historical phenomena
  • assess the ways in which an object from American residential architecture is affected by our own vantage point
  • recognize and discriminate among various styles of architecture
  • trace the development of art from one period to another
  • analyze formally works of architecture and appreciate the interrelationship of various elements
  • determine symbolism in architecture
  • employ iconographical nomenclature
  • express the relationship of American residential architecture and culture
  • analyze the "meaning" of the elements of American residential architecture through understanding of historical, social, and political context
  • use specific terminology to describe American residential architecture