Course Title:  01:082:392  Twentieth Century Architecture

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Credit not given for both this course and 01:082:101 

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites: None

Core Curriculum:  None

Course Description:

European and American architecture from planning from 1900 to the present; emphasis on major architects, styles, and buildings from art nouveau to postmodernism. 

This course will cover the history of architecture and urban planning in Europe and the United States from 1900 to the present. The lectures will analyze the development of architecture in relation to political, economic, and social history. We will study architects' persistent reinterpretation of the past and their visions of the future. Other topics will include the many ways architecture manifests differing views of nature, the idea of the city as a totality, the ideals and practice of modernism, and the historical context of postmodernism. A range of theoretical concerns--organic architecture, the role of ornament, women as producers and consumers of architecture, the question of technological progress, and the myth of the heroic genius--will be analyzed. 

Learning Goals:

(These are learning goals for this class. They have nothing to do with the Core curriculum.)

At the completion of this course, student will
- be able to recognize canonical 20th-century buildings and know why those buildings are in the canon
- be able to describe the tenets of modernism
- be able to describe the tenets of postmodernism
- be able to describe modernism in urban planning
- have read original texts by architects and theorists
- demonstrate an understanding of contemporary architectural culture

Required and Recommended Course Materials:

There is no text book. All other readings will be posted on the Sakai site. A copy of the syllabus may be found on Sakai. I will post the PowerPoint slides after each lecture, not before. The readings are under “Resources” in a folder called “Readings.” They are in alphabetical order.
The mini-lectures are under “Voice Thread.” Look for a logo (VT) on the left of the Sakai landing page for this class.




Please do not arrive late, leave early, or wander around during class.  Please remember to turn off your cell phones. 


  • Class Participation and Attendance 20%;
  • First Test 25%
  • Final Exam (same as Second Test) 25%
  • Outline for paper writers 5% (Model-makers exempt)
  • Paper OR Model 25%


Carla Yanni

Disclaimer:  These course descriptions/synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current.  For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) as of first day of class.