INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE THEORY AND CRITICISM

Undergrad course, UC Berkeley (Fall 2015, Greig Crysler), sole GSI

The course provides an introduction to the ideas that have informed design thinking from the 19th century to the present, with an emphasis on the debates of the last four decades. The course explores significant changes in theory and practice across the design disciplines and professions (with particular emphasis on architecture), and considers how they are intertwined with larger social and historical forces. 

Students are involved in preparing an image/text assignment in the form of a graphic novel related to contemporary debates in architectural theory. In the assignment, students have an opportunity to link the course readings and discussions to a specific case related to one of the two themes in the final part of the class (on “architecture in the global present”). The goal is to enable students to synthesize some of the key arguments and ideas from the course material in relation to a contemporary case study.