Hi IE6 user, you're viewing a text-only version of the BAC site. Upgrade to a free browser like Google Chrome to get the full experience.

Classical Architecture:An Introduction


“Classicism is not a style” according to Demetri Porphyrios, but rather a time-tested design methodology used to create beautiful and timeless architecture, interiors, and cities for the ages. This “Basics” course introduces participants to the world of the 2,500 year old western classical tradition: its sources in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, its development through the Medieval, Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, and its most recent revival, the current and vibrant New Classicism movement. Appealing to a diverse population, potential students of this course consists of working professionals such as architects, interior designers and decorators, builders, carpenters, and preservationists, along with residential real estate agents; current architecture and interior design/decorating/preservation students; and then finally, interested lay people, wanting to be better informed about classical design principles. For current and future design professionals, this would be a formal and structured introduction to the world of traditional design which is not generally addressed in contemporary design schools. By expanding knowledge and design skills into what serves as the "core" of classical design principles, the design professional can use this knowledge to design properly in the traditional manner and thus "do it right." It is prudent for both society and individuals to use the past as a way of informing the future. Classical architecture like classical literature or classical music has staying power. The non-professional student learns to better understand why the historic buildings of the Boston area (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, period homes throughout the suburbs) generally look "just right". The lay student can be better equipped to critique new buildings and developments being built in their communities. They can learn why historic (or historically-designed) homes generally hold their value over time better than newer, more trendy designs; which may affect their home buying/building investment decisions.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fulfills BArch: HT Elective, BDS-HTC: Concentration Elective, BID: HT Elective, DS-HP: Concentration Elective
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

For degree students contact Academic Advising at advising@the-bac.edu.