Looking at Architecture: A Primer on Style

III. August 8–12, 2022
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Nenette Arroyo

Course Description

This course introduces students to the major historical styles of architecture in the Western hemisphere, with a consideration of notable examples from the East. Stylistic models from both the recent and ancient past have influenced how buildings look today. Likewise, social changes have shaped the way we inhabit the built environment. Understanding architecture in a historic context can enrich our experience of traveling, or of merely walking down the street where we live. It helps us connect our personal spaces and neighborhoods to places and cultures from different times, geographies, and cultures.

Participants learn to recognize and describe the formal characteristics of architecture broadly described as Classical, Medieval, Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodernist, while recognizing that few buildings are designed in a “pure” or exclusive idiom. We analyze historic and modern images of buildings which exemplify the most recognizable styles of each era, both in the United States and abroad. When possible, we visit New York city sites whose architecture represents or evokes one or more styles under discussion.


Nenette Arroyo

Nenette Arroyo holds a PhD in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia and an MA in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons School of Design at The New School. Nenette studies and teaches architecture from diverse historical perspectives: stylistic, social, political, and religious. She received the award for outstanding graduate teaching from the UVA Art Department in 2018. She has authored Sacred Light: Stained Glass Windows of Southeastern Virginia (Chrysler Museum of Art and Virginia Arts Festival), and two articles for White House History Quarterly. Her forthcoming publications include an essay in "Visual Ecologies of Place-Making" (Bloomsbury Press) and an article on sacred spaces in Saeculum, a German scholarly journal. 

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