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Architectural History Minor

Explore the history, context, and preservation of built environments.
Leverage an interdisciplinary approach to studying architectural spaces, design processes, and construction practices across historical periods. You will analyze architecture and its context from multiple points of view, and fields of study, to build a layered understanding of architectural history.

This interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Art History is designed for students interested in exploring architectural history from a variety of disciplines. Architectural history uses methods familiar to art and architectural historians, architects, urban designers, landscape architects and historians, historic preservationists, classicists, archaeologists, anthropologists, historical geographers, and social historians to study and understand architecture.

This minor is open to students in all majors. Majors in Art History, Anthropology, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Geography may only double count 6 credits taken in their major field towards this minor.

On/Of Paper exhibition featuring work by the faculty of Architecture at Penn State.

Does this sound like you?

You want to understand architecture from multiple points of view and you are excited by the idea of an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history of architecture.

If so, the Architectural History minor sounds like a great fit for you!

Faculty Spotlight

Architectural study with wood, concrete, and smoke.
Architectural study with wood, concrete, and smoke.

Pep Avilés

Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design

Pep Avilés is a historian, architect, and professor specializing in postwar and contemporary architecture. His academic research explores the impact media had on the materiality of architecture and the redefinition of modernism after World War II.

Avilés’ work has been sponsored by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Getty Research Center, and has been exhibited at the Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (2017) and the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2019), among others. He is the founding editor of the journal Faktur: Documents and Architecture.

Pep Avilés, Stuckeman Career Development Professor in Design
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Oct 22

"Front Row: National"

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’sFront Row: NationalSummer Evenings III Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. It will be available for streaming

Events

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Bach's Lunch: Acting for Singers

CSED All Faith Chapel
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Oct 22

Acting for Singers Students from the Acting for Singers class present a showcase of their work. "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly Thursday afternoon concert series


"Front Row: National"

Virtual event
Four musicians are seated on a stage while they play their instruments.
Oct 23 - 26

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’sFront Row: NationalSummer Evenings III Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. It will be available for streaming


Stuckeman Lecture Series: Mark Jarzombek

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Oct 28

Mark Jarzombek is a professor of the history and theory of architecture at MIT. He works on a wide range of topics, both historical and


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College offers full slate of virtual events for fall 2020

We may not be able to safely gather in person right now, but the College of Arts and Architecture is offering a full slate of virtual events and opportunities this fall.

We may not be able to safely gather in person right now, but the College of Arts and Architecture is offering a full slate of virtual events and opportunities that


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Solari and Restall co-author book on Maya

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Graphic design professor curates two exhibitions this fall

Emily Burns, assistant professor in the Stuckeman School’s Department of Graphic Design, recently curated two art exhibitions this semester.
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