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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 21

Bach's Lunch - School of Music Voice Area Noontime Concert - Acting for Singers

Pasquerilla/Eisenhower Chapel
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

Events

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Guest Artist Recital: Ogni Suono, saxophone

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Oct 21


Art History Dickson Lecture: Shipu Wang

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Oct 21

Shipu Wang, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, University of California Merced  As part of the Department of Art History’s Dickson Lecture Series, and in


PPC Recital: Isabella Currie, oboe

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Oct 22


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News from A&A

McCune Bruhn part of interdisciplinary team working on enhancing online viewing of artwork

Heather McCune Bruhn, assistant teaching professor of art history, is co-principal investigator on a multidisciplinary team that received an $83,040 grant from IMLS.

Heather McCune Bruhn, assistant teaching professor of art history, is co-principal investigator on a multidisciplinary team that received an $83,040 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services for


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Scholar of Asian, Asian-American art to give Dickson Lecture

Dr. ShiPu Wang will present “'Other' as Method: Rediscovering Transracial and Transcultural Alliances in American Modernism” as part of the Dickson Lecture Series on Oct. 21.
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Penn State partners on project to help protect coastal communities

Peter Stempel, associate professor of landscape architecture, is part of a research team that was awarded a four-year, $1.5 million grant through NOAA
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