ARTH 3080 – History of Architecture, Prehistory to 1700


Fall Semester 2019 – Utah Valley University

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                

This course explores the history of architecture and urbanism from a global perspective. Beginning with the first ritual centers and settlements to roughly 1700 AD, students will learn to analyze buildings and their surroundings through different methods of interpreting history. They will come to understand that architecture is the result of complex interrelationships and interactions dealing with contextual issues. These include shifting and ever changing design priorities dealing with aesthetic, cultural, symbolic, religious, social, economic, political, technological, behavioral, and ecological issues. This is the first of two courses in the History of Architecture sequence.


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Required Texts (*=available in library)

  • Ching, Francis, Mark Jarzombek, and Vikramaditya Prakash. A Global History of Architecture. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2017.
  • Parry, Donald W. “Garden of Eden: Prototype Sanctuary.” In Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism, edited by Donald W. Parry, 126-52. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1994. Available online:

Supplementary Reference Texts

  • Fletcher, Banister. A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method for Students, Craftsmen, and Ameteurs. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1946.
  • Giedion, Sigfried. The Eternal Present: The Beginnings of Architecture, a Contribution on Constancy and Change. New York: Bollingen Foundation, 1964.
  • Kostof, Spiro, and Greg Castillo. A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Scully, Vincent Joseph. The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture. Rev. ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.
  • Wightman, G. J. Sacred Spaces: Religious Architecture in the Ancient World, Ancient near Eastern Studies. Supplement 22. Louvain, Belgium: Peeters, 2007.