Professors of Professional Practice:
Karen Fairbanks (Chair)
Kadambari Baxi

Assistant Professors:
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi
Ignacio G. Galán
Ralph Ghoche

Adjunct Professors:
Joeb Moore
Madeline Schwartzman
Suzanne Stephens

Adjunct Assistant Professors:
Diana Cristobal 
Lindsay Harkema
Jason Kim
Todd Rouhe
Fred Tang
Irina Verona
 

Major in Architecture

This program of study is open to Barnard College students,  Columbia College students, and General Studies students The required classes are broken down into four categories: studio, lectures seminars and workshops, senior courses, and the specialization:

Studio Courses
Four studio courses, to be taken one per semester (studio courses have limited enrollment and priority is given to Architecture majors):
ARCH UN2101ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS
ARCH UN2103ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: ENVIRONMENTS AND MEDIATIONS
ARCH UN3201ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I
ARCH UN3202ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN II
Lecture, Seminar, and Workshop Courses *
Five courses following the distribution requirement below:
ARCH UN3117Modern Architecture in the World
Architectural Elective: History
Architectural Elective: Society, Environment, and the Global
Architectural Elective: Design, Media, and Technology
Architectural Elective
Senior Courses *
ARCH UN3901Senior Seminar
Elective Architecture seminar (another Senior Seminar in the Department, Advanced Architectural Research and Design, or Independent Research)
Specialization Courses
All majors are asked to complement their work with a thematic unit (three courses) called the "specialization." Each student develops a specific specialization that broadens their architectural studies in one of the following areas or combination of areas: History, Society, Environment, Global, Design, Media, and Technology. Courses may be taken from across various departments. All majors, in consultation with their advisers, will develop a short (100 word) description of their specialization and advisers will approve their course selections. Students can request and develop other areas of specialization with adviser approval.
Graduation Requirements
The major also requires that students submit a portfolio and a writing sample before graduation. The design portfolio includes representative work from all design studios and the writing sample is a paper or essay from a senior level architecture or architecture-related course. Final submissions are archived in the department, the portfolios are displayed at the end of the year show, and both are used to award graduation honors.

Major in History and Theory of Architecture

The History and Theory of Architecture major stresses research and writing in Architectural History. This program of study is only open to Barnard College students; Columbia College and General Studies students that are interested in majoring in architectural history should contact the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.  The History and Theory of Architecture major requires a total of 14 courses, distributed as follows:

Studio Courses
1-2 studio courses, to be taken one per semester:
ARCH UN1020Introduction To Architectural Design and Visual Culture
ARCH UN2101ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS
ARCH UN2103ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: ENVIRONMENTS AND MEDIATIONS
Lecture, Seminar, and Workshop Courses
7-8 lecture, seminar, and workshop courses:
ARCH UN3117Modern Architecture in the World
Architectural Elective: History
Architectural Elective: Society, Environment, and the Global
Architectural Elective: Design, Media, and Technology
3 to 4 Architectural Electives - any lecture, seminar, or workshop offered by the Architecture Department or an approved course from a related department
*Note: Studios, Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops must total to 9 courses
Specialization
3 courses for the specialization:
Each student develops a specialization that broadens the reach of their architectural studies and supports their thesis. All majors, in consultation with their advisers, will develop a short (100 word) description of their specialization and advisers will approve their course selections.
Senior Courses
2 courses for the senior course requirement:
ARCH UN3901Senior Seminar
ARCH V3998Independent Study
All senior History and Theory of Architecture majors are required to enroll in one semester of Senior Seminar and to write a thesis which can be done through enrolling in Independent Study (ARCH UN3997 or ARCH UN3998). Please consult with your major adviser for planning your thesis.

Minor in Architecture

This particular program of study is only open to Barnard College students and SEAS students at Columbia University. The minor in architecture requires a total of five courses, distributed as follows:

5 classes total are required:
Studio Courses
1-3 of the following courses:
ARCH UN1020Introduction To Architectural Design and Visual Culture
Three history/theory courses
ARCH UN2101ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS
ARCH UN2103ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: ENVIRONMENTS AND MEDIATIONS
Lecture, Seminar, and Workshop Courses
ARCH UN3117 is required along with 1-3 Architectural Electives - any lecture, seminar, or workshop offered by the Architecture Department or an approved course from a related department.
ARCH UN3117Modern Architecture in the World

ARCH UN1010 Design Futures: New York City. 3 points.

How does design operate in our lives? What is our design culture? In this course, we explore the many scales of design in contemporary culture -- from graphic design to architecture to urban design to global, interactive, and digital design. The format of this course moves between lectures, discussions, collaborative design work and field trips in order to engage in the topic through texts and experiences.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1010 001/00582 W 1:10pm - 4:25pm
502 Diana Center
Richard Rouhe 3 20
ARCH 1010 002/00682 F 1:10pm - 4:25pm
502 Diana Center
Evangelos Kotsioris 3 20
Fall 2020: ARCH UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1010 001/00651 F 1:10pm - 4:25pm
Room TBA
3 46/100
ARCH 1010 002/00657 F 1:10pm - 4:25pm
Room TBA
3 10/100

ARCH UN1020 Introduction To Architectural Design and Visual Culture. 3 points.

Introductory design studio to introduce students to architectural design through readings and studio design projects. Intended to develop analytic skills to critique existing media and spaces. Process of analysis used as a generative tool for the students' own design work. Must apply for placement in course. Priority to upperclass students. Class capped at 16.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN1020
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1020 001/00584 T Th 9:00am - 11:00am
116b Lewisohn Hall
Jerome Haferd 3 12
Fall 2020: ARCH UN1020
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 1020 001/00656 T Th 9:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
3 22/100

ARCH UN2505 Architectural Histories of Colonialism and Humanitarianism. 3 points.

This course examines the connected histories of colonialism and humanitarianism through architecture. In doing so, it takes seriously the concerns and problematics of decolonizing the study of architectural history. The central premise of the course is to reverse the terms by which humanitarianism and colonialism are usually understood and to excavate new meanings of each through histories of architectures and constructed environments. We will attempt this by studying iconic forms: refugee camps and detainment centers, colonial expositions and museums, governmental headquarters and emergency field sites, and territories of consequence to colonial and national powers. Humanitarianism, an ideological manifestation of modernity and liberal thought, is governed by terms of urgency and rarely considered in a historical framing or seen as directly related to colonial structures. Meanwhile, colonialism is usually examined within particular places and narratives as a historical category, rather than a condition or process enacted by architectural forms, spaces, and practices. The paradoxes and problems of humanitarianism thus enable a rethinking of the extension of colonial practice into postcolonial environments, with architectures and their histories offering concrete iterations and theoretical models for understanding buried links between the two. This course has no prerequisites, and will introduce students to themes and cases (in Africa, Asia, and the Americas) through lectures, discussions of shared readings, and presentations of independent work by participants.

Fall 2020: ARCH UN2505
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 2505 001/00661 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Anooradha Siddiqi 3 24/200

ARCH UN3101 Architectural Representation: Abstraction. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students per section. Recommended for the sophomore year. Students work in a studio environment.

Introduction to design through analysis of abstract architectural space and form. Emphasis on the design process and principles of representations through architectural drawing and model making.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3101 001/00585 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
404 Diana Center
Richard Rouhe 4 17

ARCH UN3103 Architectural Representation: Perception. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students work in a studio environment. Recommended for the sophomore year. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section.

Introduction to design through studies in the perception of architectural space and form. Emphasis on exploratory, inventive processes for the generation, development, and representation of ideas in a variety of media. Must apply for placement in course. Class capped at 16.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN3103
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3103 001/00586 T Th 9:00am - 11:50am
404 Diana Center
Lindsay Harkema 4 19
ARCH 3103 002/00587 M W 10:00am - 12:50pm
404 Diana Center
Madeline Schwartzman 4 14

ARCH UN3201 ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: ARCH V3101 and ARCH V3103. Open to architecture majors or with permission of instructor.

Prerequisites: ARCH UN2101 and ARCH UN2103. Advanced Architectural Design I explores the role of architecture and design in relationship to climate, community, and the environment through a series of design projects requiring drawings and models. Field trips, lectures, and discussions are organized in relation to studio exercises. A portfolio of design work from the prerequisite courses ARCH UN2101 and ARCH UN2103 will be reviewed the first week of classes.

Fall 2020: ARCH UN3201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3201 001/00662 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Ignacio Gonzalez Galan 4 34/100

ARCH UN3202 ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: ARCH V3201. Open to architecture majors or with permission of instructor.

Prerequisite: ARCH UN3201. Advanced Architectural Design II culminates the required studio sequence in the major. Students are encouraged to consider it as a synthetic studio where they advance concepts, research methodologies and representational skills learned in all previous studios towards a semester-long design project. Field trips, lectures, and discussions are organized in relation to studio exercises.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN3202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3202 001/00588 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
116a Lewisohn Hall
Kadambari Baxi, Irina Verona, Ignacio Gonzalez Galan 4 21

ARCH UN3211 ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH AND DESIGN. 4 points.

Prerequisites: A design portfolio and application is required for this course. The class list will be announced before classes start.

Application required: A design portfolio and application is required for this course. The class list will be announced before classes start. Advanced Architectural Research and Design is an opportunity for students to consider international locations and address contemporary global concerns, incorporating critical questions, research methods, and design strategies that are characteristic of an architect’s operations at this scale.

Fall 2020: ARCH UN3211
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3211 001/00663 M W 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Karen Fairbanks 4 7/100

ARCH UN3117 Modern Architecture in the World. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Designed for but not limited to sophomores; enrollment beyond 60 at the discretion of the instructor.

How has architecture been “modern”? This course will introduce students to things, practices, figures, and ideas behind this contentious and contradictory concept, emerging in multiple locations around the world. Students in this course will learn about architecture as it was practiced, taught, thought, and experienced across landscapes of social and cultural difference during the past two centuries. Learning about the past through historical consciousness around architecture and investigating the history of architecture as a discursive field are fundamental to liberal arts thinking generally, and important for students in architecture, the history and theory of architecture, art history, and urban studies.Students in this course will be introduced to:

Architecture as enmeshed with other forms of cultural production

Culturally-specific intellectual and public debates around the architectural and urban

Makers, thinkers, and organizers of the designed or built environment

Geographies, territories, and mobilities associated with architecture as an end or means for material extraction, refinement, trade, labor, and construction

Sites, institutions, media, events, and practices which have come to hold meaning 

Modernity, modernism, and modernization in relation to each other, as social, cultural, and technological drivers holding stakes for past events as well their histories.

In this course, we will ask questions about ideas and practices within disparate socially-and culturally-constructed worlds, and across other asymmetries. For example, can we draw a coherent historical thread through Lisbon in 1755, Bombay in 1854, Moscow in 1917, the moon in 1969, and al-Za’atari refugee camp in 2016? Are such narratives of coherence themselves the trace of the modernist impulse in architectural history? In this course, we will study modern architecture’s references to an art of building as well the metaphors it gives rise to. Embedded in this examination are social and cultural questions of who made and thought modern architecture, and aesthetic and historical questions around the figure of the architect.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN3117
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3117 001/00589 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
504 Diana Center
Anooradha Siddiqi 3 38

ARCH UN3312 Special Topics In Architecture. 3 points.

Social ideas such as collectivity, interconnectivity, cohesion, and so on may seem far removed from technological protocols and inventions—yet, architecture practices seem curiously overdescribed as constructing the necessary technological protocols needed to understand, control, and even fix “society.” This hybrid course asks how architecture practices build associations between technological protocols and social ideas, exploring the notion of the “techno-social” both from the point of view of theory and practice. Drawing from essays and case studies that range from 1945 until nowadays, students will examine architecture’s changing modes of expertise and legitimation, tracing its shifting engagement with computer tools and social science techniques. At the same time, students will explore such questions through the making of composite digital models—that is, 4D urban models that embed maps, images, text, and videos gathered from online sources and social networks, in order to reconstruct an urban event/question. Modern architecture, sociology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and computation, worked—and continue working—in tandem to propose biopolitical schemes for social change. This course will explore these interdisciplinary exchanges by focusing on technologies, therefore relocating architecture on a level where the differences between object and performance and human and non-human are not fixed, but in a process of becoming. The engagement between architecture and these “techno-social” practices will not be considered innocent. Instead, we will work to undermine the rhetoric of political and aesthetic neutrality that can be found in the writings of some of the architects that we will examine, as well as in the reception of their work.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN3312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3312 001/00743 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
113 Milstein Center
Diana Cristobal Olave 3 4
Fall 2020: ARCH UN3312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3312 001/00665 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
3 6/100
ARCH 3312 002/00666 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
3 4/100

ARCH UN3901 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Readings, individual class presentations, and written reports.

Spring 2020: ARCH UN3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3901 001/00591 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
502 Diana Center
Suzanne Stephens 4 9
ARCH 3901 002/00592 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
308 Diana Center
Ignacio Gonzalez Galan 4 15
Fall 2020: ARCH UN3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3901 001/00667 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Anooradha Siddiqi 4 14/100

ARCH UN3997 Independent Study. 2-4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the program director in term prior to that of independent study. Independent study form available at departmental office.

Fall 2020: ARCH UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ARCH 3997 001/00652  
Kadambari Baxi 2-4 1/10
ARCH 3997 002/00653  
Karen Fairbanks 2-4 0/10
ARCH 3997 003/00668  
Anooradha Siddiqi 2-4 0/10
ARCH 3997 004/00654  
Ignacio Gonzalez Galan 2-4 0/10