This course studies the object of architecture—canonical buildings in the history of architecture—not through the lens of reaction and nostalgia but through a filter of contemporary thought. The emphasis is on learning how to see and to think architecture by a method that can be loosely called “formal analysis.” The analyses move through history and conclude with examples of high modernism and postmodernism. Reading assignments and one formal analysis are assigned each week.

All Semesters

Fall 2018
Formal Analysis
Peter Eisenman, Anthony Gagliardi
Fall 2016
Theories of Authority: Seeing as an Architect
Peter Eisenman, Elisa Iturbe
Fall 2015
Formal Analysis: Close Reading and Formal Analysis
Peter Eisenman, Miroslava Brooks