Interpreting an Archive

A seminar/workshop addressing current issues on the practices of architectural archiving and the curation of architectural exhibitions. 

A series of lectures from the instructors and from several distinguished visitors (museum curators, archivists and architects whose work has been the subject of exhibits and content of archives), followed by class discussions, and organized visits to local museum and collections if conditions permit. Besides classes that follow the seminar format there will be workshops in which actual archival material (flat work and models) will be inspected, handled and discussed.  We will meet twice a week in the afternoon (schedule tbd), one two hour session for presentations and one hour session for discussions. Students will be required for their final assignment to curate and design a small architectural exhibit in Gund Hall of selected materials from one of the GSD Frances Loeb Library Special Collections Archive.

Enrollment in this course is limited to twelve architecture students. Six spaces are reserved for MArch II students and six for MArchI students who select the course first in the limited enrollment course lottery.

Note: the instructor will offer online live course presentations on 08/26, and/or 08/27. To access the detailed schedule and Zoom links, please visit the Live Course Presentations Website.

Please note this course will meet online through 9/15.

Course 3487 Interpreting an Archive, will be taught on Tuesdays 12:00pm to 2:00pm and Fridays 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Tuesday sessions will be taught in person while Friday sessions will be on zoom with some exceptions when the course will visit local exhibits, collections, archives, etc. A complete list of Fridays visits will be confirmed on first day of classes.