Fall 2018

The Language of Architecture

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-101  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-101


Gabriel A. Arboleda (Section 01)


(Offered as ARCH 101 and ARHA 101)  This introductory course focuses on the tools used to communicate and discuss ideas in architectural practice and theory. We study both the practical, from sketching to parallel drawing, to the theoretical, from historical to critical perspectives. Connecting both, we cover the formal analysis elements necessary to “read” and critique built works. Class activities include field trips, guest presentations, sketching and drawing, small design exercises, discussion of readings, and short written responses. Through these activities, at the end of the semester the student will understand in general terms what the dealings and challenges of architecture as a discipline are.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Arboleda.

If Overenrolled: Amherst students, ARCH and ARHA majors, students in the process of declaring ARCH major, and then in order of class year.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2021