ARC 2423: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE II
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Roff, Assistant Professor
COURSE OUTLINE AND STUDY GUIDE
EXPLANATION OF TEXTS AND READINGS
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman, Architecture: From Prehistory to Post
edition, 2002, is the required text for the course.
Several other general survey books of
the History of Art and Architecture are on reserve in the Downtown Library (Buena Vista, second
floor) and may be of use to you:
Wodehouse, L and Moffet, M., A History of Western
1989, Watkin, D., A History of Western Architecture
, 1986, Sutton, I., Western
Architecture, 1999; Kostof, S., A History of Architecture, 1985,
Stokstad, M., Art History
edition, 2 vols., 1999;
Gardner, H., Art Through the Ages
Each of the recommended books has
different strengths (for instance, Wodehouse and Moffet are particularly good for plans and
section, Watkins has exhaustive coverage of monuments and periods, Stokstad is good for
explanations of building techniques, explanatory boxes, chronological relationships, and diagrams
of building parts. Kostof is an easy, but idiosyncratic read that will be beneficial for the last third of
Other assigned or recommended readings are noted on the syllabus for the course.
A complete list of the books on reserve for this class can be found on the course WebCT site.
How to study for this course.
Material in order of importance for examinations is a) class notes, b) study guide, c) readings.
Study with a friend, they may have picked up some information that you did not.
As soon as you can after class, go over the material, preferably with a friend, so that you can
fill in the blanks.
You lose 50% of what you learn within 24 hours.
Go over your study guide before each lecture so you can anticipate what will be in the lecture
The slides and the major points of the preceding lecture will be reviewed at the beginning of
each lecture…try not to miss this portion of the lecture.
Do not hesitate to ask questions in class.
If you have not understood a point, there are
probably others who have not understood and I need to explain it better.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY OFFICE HOURS!!!!
I will answer questions, find illustrations,
explain points, or quiz you if you like.
If you get below a C on the first examination,
come and get help
Do not assume that you
can “bring your grade up” without help.
When studying, ask yourself, “What is the significance of this building or architect?”
major ideas are represented by it”?
“How and where does it fit into the History of
Then, “What are the factors that are unique to this particular monument or
Sketching everything may not be the best solution.
Better to note down something about a
particular monument that immediately catches your eye.
The building will thus be easier to
recall in the future, and I will not give you slides on an examination that you have not seen in