Christina M. Spiker

Christina M. Spiker

Art Historian | Professor | Digital Humanist

Course // History of World Architecture (St. Olaf College)


History of World Architecture
ART 161 | St. Olaf COllege


This introductory course explores the history of architecture from an inclusive, cross-cultural perspective. Proceeding topically through diverse examples from across the globe, students will examine the various ways that individuals and groups responded to religious, political, social, and cultural needs through the creation of built environments. From practical solutions to monumental expressions of power, students will study the role of culture in undergirding regional construction, style, and form. This course examines both local approaches to architectural challenges and shared values that give rise to hybrid structures.