ARCH 01 — Stanford’s Architectural Journey
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 5—Nov 2
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Instructor(s): Sapna Marfatia
Does Stanford’s campus feel architecturally cohesive? Through assigned readings, online presentations, and lively discussions, this course will trace the historical development of the Stanford campus and its distinctive architecture, and highlight how architecture and landscape work together to create a campus. We will begin by comparing Stanford to other college campuses and discuss the role of a consistent architectural vocabulary in creating a sense of place. Then we will examine some specific examples of campus designs at Stanford built in traditional, midcentury, and contemporary architectural language to explore the organizing framework and the transition in materials and styles. We will learn about the rich history and experience the contrast in materials and style of the campus architecture by comparing traditional iconic buildings like Memorial Church, Main Quad, and Cantor Arts Center with more contemporary buildings such as the McMurtry Building and Bing Concert Hall. As we compare and contrast, we will ask: Does architecture contribute in making the campus community feel like a whole? The final session will conclude with a broad philosophical discussion of the contribution and role of planning principles, architectural styles, cohesive materials palette, and appropriate scale in maintaining continuity across time and place as the campus continues to grow.
This course will not be recorded.
Sapna Marfatia, Director of Architecture, StanfordSapna Marfatia provides design direction for new building projects and strategic vision for preservation at Stanford. She received an MS in urban design from Pratt Institute and an MLA from Stanford. Marfatia has served on the AIA Silicon Valley Board of Directors and the City of Los Altos Historical Commission, and is currently serving on the boards of Filoli Historic House & Garden and the Stanford Historical Society.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.