Architectural History and Criticism Major

Architectural History and Criticism is a general program that focuses on the aesthetic, technical, and social development of the built environment and the architectural profession from earliest times to the present.

Architectural History and Criticism majors and degree programs likely include instruction in the principles of architecture and related fields; art history; historiography of architecture; architectural theory and criticism; related aspects of the history of technology and social and economic history; and various period, cultural, and stylistic specializations

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Architectural History and Criticism (use the College Search feature and enter " Architectural History and Criticism " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Architectural History and Criticism?

Working in architectural history and criticism, individuals may have one of several approaches and specialties. Usually, they work in an advisory service to owners and stewards about preserving the historic fabric of a building. As well, individuals may choose to work in research, trying to understand the building methods and materials, or the impact on the cultural landscape.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Architectural History and Criticism:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

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