This seminar is concerned historically and theoretically with two things: the labor of architecture and architecture’s relationship to construction labor. It is organized not as a linear history but rather as a series of genealogies, narratives that attempt to understand why the architectural profession and the building construction industries look the way they do today. These genealogies will trace issues such as the architect's image, the division of the job site and the office, guilds and unions, the contract, the design competition, the licensing exam, craft and the general contractor, and the professional codes of ethics. We will concern ourselves in particular with the ways in which a host of the 21st century problems and anxieties of the architectural profession are rooted in 19th century developments.
Wed 8:30-11:30am 2227 A&AB