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Free Online Architecture Course by Harvard University

The aim of the course is to analyse the complexity of architecture as a cultural practice

“The Architectural Imagination” is the title of the free online course offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


It is an introductory course with a length of 10 weeks (3-5 hours per week) taught by Michael Hays (Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory), Erika Naginski (Professor of Architectural History) and Antoine Picon (G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology).

The aim of the course is to analyse the complexity of architecture as a cultural practice: “Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.”

The main points are:

  1. How to read, analyze, and understand different forms of architectural representation
  2. Social and historical contexts behind major works of architecture
  3. Basic principles to produce your own architectural drawings and models
  4. Pertinent content for academic study or a professional career as an architect

The course starts on 28th January through the well known Harvard and MIT platform for MOOCs (massive open online courses): edX. Students can enroll there and also receive a certificate for $99.

Via Harvard GSD.

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