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College Catalog 2024-2025 
College Catalog 2024-2025
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ARCH 1025 - History of Architecture

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly DRAD 1025)

This course is a global history of the influences and development in architecture including the design principles, visual and diverse cultural analysis of selected buildings, works of art, urban spaces, and cities, from pre-history to modern times. The language of art, architecture, aesthetics, structure, and technological challenges of the built environment will be explored along with the various styles of art, architecture, notable architects, and preservation of architecture through periods of time.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Winter semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to examine various styles and elements of architecture.


  1. Identify the styles of architecture throughout history.
  2. Compare different styles and elements of architecture.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to create freehand sketches of historical buildings and elements of architectural within the course.


  1. Sketch Greek columns.
  2. Sketch Roman arches.
  3. Sketch Gothic buildings.
  4. Sketch other architectural elements.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to evaluate various architects.


  1. Identify prominent historical architects.
  2. Explain how architects have contributed to architecture throughout history.
  3. Examine careers for professionals in historic preservation.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to compare architectural preservation and restoration concerns and techniques.


  1. Outline ways to preserve, conserve, and protect buildings of historical significance.
  2. Identify ways to restore features of historical content to their original features.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to outline the evolution of architecture from the prehistoric to the current period.


  1. Describe how architecture changed over time with art.
  2. Describe how architecture changed over time with culture.
  3. Describe how architecture changed over time with historical events.
  4. Identify elements and concepts of architecture that were borrowed or reworked from one period to another and throughout history.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Introduction to the History of Architecture
  2. Stonehenge Architecture
  3. Egyptian Architecture
  4. Greek and Roman Architecture
  5. Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Islam Architecture
  6. Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo Architecture
  7. Asian Architecture; China, Japan and India
  8. Industrial Revolution and Skyscrapers
  9. Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau Architecture
  10. Bauhaus, Modernism, and Postmodernism Architecture
  11. American Architectural Styles
  12. Aspiring Architects of all time and their architectural designs
  13. Architectural Preservation/Restoration
  14. Digital Technology and 21st Century Future Architecture

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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