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Understanding Traditional Architecture

Architects and others who become involved in historic preservation often—indeed typically—lack a background in historic architecture. Architectural history is not part of anyone’s general education, and perhaps surprisingly, it is not part of professional architectural education. As a result, people are perplexed by historical styles and by the vocabulary of traditional architecture. This course will demystify traditional architecture by placing a special focus on the styles and details often found in New York City but is relevant to any city in the US or any global metropolis. Learn to identify styles at a glance, to put a rough date on any building you see in New York, and to name the parts and details of buildings. Whether you are looking to learn more about historic preservation or are interested in a refresher, this course will give you a solid foundation in architectural vocabulary. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Historic Preservation Studies. AIA CES approved, 25 LUs. 

This course is delivered in an online, live-instruction (synchronous) format. Teaching and learning occur in real time using chat and video conferencing to create an interactive virtual classroom.
Questions? Contact us at The Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts Email sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to describe architectural elements and styles
  • Familiarity with important architectural details and designs in New York City

Ideal for

  • Art and architecture enthusiasts
  • Real estate professionals
  • Anyone interested in historic preservation

1 section

  • Fall 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2024
    • Date

      Sep 17 - Nov 5
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

    • Location

      Instructor Led