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ARCH 01 — Explore Stanford’s Architecture: A Walking Tour

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 13—Apr 14
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 6
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $380
Instructor(s): Sapna Marfatia
Limit: 50
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm (PT)
Apr 13—Apr 14
2 days
Refund Date
Apr 6
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Sapna Marfatia
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
What are the stories behind the architecture you see across Stanford's campus? Does Stanford’s campus feel architecturally cohesive? Through presentations, walking tours, and lively discussions, this course will trace the historical development of the Stanford campus and its distinctive architecture.

We will begin by comparing Stanford with other college campuses to understand how architecture and landscape work together to create a campus. Our discussion will focus on architecture’s role in creating a sense of place. Then we will tour some specific examples of campus designs at Stanford built in traditional and contemporary architectural languages to explore not only the organizing framework but also the transition in materials and styles over the decades. During the tour, we will learn more about the rich history and experience the balanced architectural contrast by comparing traditional iconic buildings like Memorial Church, Main Quad, Cantor Arts Center, and Hoover Tower with more contemporary buildings, such as the McMurtry Building and Bing Concert Hall. As we compare and contrast, we will debate: How does architecture contribute to making a campus community? We will conclude with a philosophical discussion on the contribution of planning principles, architectural styles, cohesive materials palettes, and appropriate scale in maintaining continuity across time and place as a campus continues to grow and evolve.

Students should wear sturdy shoes and expect to do a moderate amount of walking. Each day's walking tour will last approximately 2-3 hours with multiple breaks.

Campus Preservation Architect; Director of Architecture, Planning and Design, Stanford

Sapna Marfatia’s professional experience spans architecture, planning, urban design, historic preservation, and education. At Stanford, she has participated in the design of several prestigious projects and collaborated with university partners to create a vision for the preservation of iconic historic buildings. She has authored publications, presented at state and national conferences, and served on community and professional boards.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.