These notes for selected discussion sections are courtesy of the course teaching assistants Mohamad A. Chakaki, Igor Demchenko, and Michael Kubo.

REC # Topics
R1 Discussion: first societies (PDF)
R2 Discussion: The MIT Chapel (PDF)
R3 Discussion section: buildings and representations in time (PDF)
R4 Discussion: the pyramids (PDF)

Discussion: the profession of the architect in classical antiquity

In lieu of notes, students referred to an excerpt of Vitruvius' De architectura (aka The Ten Books on Architecture), from Book 1 "First Principles and the Layout of Cities."

  • Preface
  • Ch. 1. The Education of the Architect
  • Ch. 2. The Terms of Architecture
  • Ch. 3. The Divisions of Architecture

Source: Vitruvius Ten Books on Architecture, trans. Ingrid D. Rowland. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

(Note for OCW users, an alternate translation by Morris Hicky Morgan (1914) is available online.)

R9 Discussion: the plan of St. Gall (PDF)