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    Lots of Writing

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Requires Lots of Research

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    Aug 08, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was intense and had a large work load! Four research papers in four weeks seem excessive in my eyes.

    Course highlights:

    Historical architecture is incredibly intriguing, and learning about spatial use in that context is fascinating.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keep in contact with the professor at all times, and make sure your grades are up to date.

    • Summer 2017
    • Henry Lares
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research Final Paper
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    Jun 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is very interested in the material studied and is dedicated to helping his students learn. And he is very funny! Your vision of architecture's purpose in the world throughout history will definitely be impacted.

    Course highlights:

    There are 5 quizzes, 4 important paper assignments, and no final exam. The course teaches about the evolving purpose and multiple innovations in techniques in architecture throughout history. You will become an expert in one building/site, but will learn to open your mind to appreciate several styles of architecture. And you'll wish to be even 1% as knowledgeable as the professor.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always manage your time to prepare for the writing assignments. The quizzes are quick but not difficult after you realize the writing strategy ("gesture and meaning"). And ask questions!

    • Fall 2016
    • David Rifkind
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research
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    May 23, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Simply an amazing course, and available to students of any major since it fulfills the Undergrad requirement of a writing intensive course. The professor is an encyclopedia and very inspiring. He demonstrates a sincere interest in his area of teaching (always learning more) and a desire to share and educate others with his knowledge. He will say that he is not very knowledgeable when compared to his colleagues and, therefore, encourages further reading and research in each lesson. This course is mostly focused on students of Architecture and related courses of the same department. However, he is so smart and will describe the sites and architectural projects with such interest that you will want to jump on a plane and travel around the world. If you believed that history was boring, this class will turn your world around.

    Course highlights:

    Since there are many students, the students are kind of sub-divided to be graded by the TAs rather than the professor himself. My TA was very helpful and encouraged everyone to participate in the discussion sessions held every other week. The four major writing assignments are intensive but manageable if you divide the work and try to make the first draft (even terrible, but at least a start with some effort) and send it by e-mail to the TA and professor. They will gladly send feedback to help you improve. And when in doubt about something for the assignment, always listen to the TA first. Also, both your TA and the professor will have your name and face memorized by the midterm, so don't skip the lectures.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Most importantly, the quizzes are a big factor in determining your grade but they are actually really simple. Note everything from the lectures and study the notes (I always crammed the night before and got A's). Important: each sentence in the quiz reflects a relationship between FORM (the literal architectural shape) and MEANING (the symbology and associations and such). Note that and you'll do great. :)

    • Spring 2017
    • David Rifkind
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing

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