ARCH 2600: The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture | July 6 – 25, 2014

We live in a world full of manmade designs—some would even say we live in a designed world.  How do designers see the world?  How do they create?  This course is designed to offer students hands-on opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts and aesthetics as ways of seeing, and expanding our experiential understanding of the world.  Students will develop skills:

  • Related to establishing a foundation for visual literacy, through old and new ways of seeing, engaging in active ways of looking at the world and the places around them in order to understand their potential and responsibility in shaping them.
  • To record and interpret both physical and intellectual experiences, and the tools to transform their ideas and observations by thinking through design.
  • To connect different and sometimes disparate ideas through exposure to a variety of points of view about how we see and experience the world, a systems approach to connecting knowledge, thereby weaving a rich tapestry of experience and expanding horizons at multiple scales.

Major themes of this course include:

  • Firmness, Commodity, Delight
  • Harmony, Order, Balance (Form, Order, Beauty)
  • Man & Nature: Claiming Site
  • The Collective, Community: Sense of Place
  • Great Ideas, Great Spaces, Curiosity

The format of the course will use illustrated talks from faculty and guest lecturers, along with readings and discussions; field exercises and actively reflective projects to offer the opportunity to articulate the lessons and insights of the preceding lectures and discussions. Field exercises will include visits to the:

This course is offered by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and led by Scott Finn, the Ann & Batey Gresham Professor, School of Architecture.

Students will earn 3 hours of college credit.

Prerequisites

Open to high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Register

Program cost is $4,000 which includes tuition, books, supplies, housing, dining, and transportation (program field trips), as well as social and recreational activities. Students will have access to campus facilities to include labs, libraries, and the new Rec and Wellness Center.

Register online or by mail. A student interest statement (300 words or less) and a $400 deposit are required to register. The deposit will be credited towards your account which must be paid in full by May 8, 2014. Registration ends May 1, 2014 and the course is limited to 25 students.

After completing enrollment, you will be asked to complete and return the Summer College Required Form Packet, as well as a copy of the participant's health insurance card (front and back) as proof of health insurance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy.

General Information

Information on IT, safety and supervision, student conduct, getting to Auburn, health services, insurance, students with disabilities, and refund policy is available on the general information page.

Contact Information

For program questions, please contact the coordinator, James Birdsong at 334.844.5817.

Last Updated: April 9, 2014