Fundamentals of Beauty in Architecture 

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This one credit course will introduce the theory and practice of architecture from Antiquity to the present day. It will rely heavily on Ancient and Renaissance writings to develop a framework to view architecture.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Through the study of buildings as well as Ancient and Renaissance writings, we will explore beauty in architecture. The class will examine guiding principles in design such as proportion, nature, geometry, and number. It will also provide a framework to view architecture beyond ‘style.’     

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CLASSES:

  1. Architectural Drawings
  2. The Ancient City
  3. Introduction to Vitruvius
  4. Eurythmia, Symmetria, and Décor
  5. The Canonical Orders
  6. Our Roman Tradition
  7. Sacred Geometry and Numbers
  8. Geometry and Building Forms
  9. History of the Renaissance
  10. De Re Aedificatoria
  11. Beauty and Taste
  12. Nature and Design
  13. Proportion and Design
  14. Methods of Proportion
  15. Andrea Palladio

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NOTES ON COURSE CONTENT:

The classes will be a mixture of lecture videos and voice-over power points. Occasionally, a class will have a supplementary image included. These images will be referenced in the lecture videos.

 

COURSE TEXTS:

In Classes 3-4 and 10-12, we will study the following books. It is important that students find whatever means possible of following along during the lectures.

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The Ten Books on Architecture, by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

(There are many versions of this book, I will be using the translation by Hickey Morgan, Dover Publications, 1960)

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On the Art of Building in Ten Books, by Leon Battista Alberti

Translation by Joseph Rykwert, Neil Leach, Robert Tavernor, MIT Press, 1988

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If you are looking to enroll in the Masters degree in Sacred Arts please complete the application and we will contact you shortly.

  

If you are a professor interested in joining our faculty or an institution interested in partnering please email our Provost: dclayton@pontifex.university  

  

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Pontifex University Course: A History of Architectural Design in the West-3 Payments of $100/month

Lessons

Here is the class outline:

1. Introduction

Course Introduction

2. Architectural Drawings

Lesson 1

3. The Ancient City

Lesson 2

4. Introduction to Vitruvius

Lesson 3

5. Eurythmia, Symmetria, and Decor

Lesson 4

6. The Canonical Orders

Lesson 5

7. Our Roman Tradition

Lesson 6

8. Sacred Geometry and Numbers

Lesson 7

9. Geometry and Building Forms

Lesson 8

10. History of the Renaissance

Lesson 9

11. De Re Aedificatoria

Lesson 10

12. Beauty and Taste

Lesson 11

13. Nature and Design

Lesson 12

14. Proportion and Design

Lesson 13

15. Methods of Proportion

Lesson 14

16. Andrea Palladio

Lesson 15