Sacred Spaces (ARC4160.01)

Donald Sherefkin

The history of architecture is replete with marvelous constructions that were built to establish a sacred ‘center’ – to give meaning to the world.

This studio will look at examples from history of the variety of ways that sacred spaces have been created. Students will develop a series of projects to explore the possibilities of creating ineffable, numinous spaces that may foster a sense of transcendence.

Readings will include essays by architects, anthropologists and philosophers.

Learning Outcomes:
Students in Visionary should be able to:
1. Understand the spatial and material qualities that constitute spaces of contemplation.
2. Develop a concept from idea through realization through an iterative process.
3. Present the results in a graphically coherent and compelling manner.
4. Verbally communicate the conceptual content of the projects.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor (email
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Architecture , Four Credit , Fully In-Person