Advertisement

No Headline

(Continued from third page.)

drawing and design. Such knowledge as can be better and more rapidly acquired by actual office experience is only touched on in a general way, however, in order to leave more time for subjects which can be adequately taught only in an architectural school. During the first three years of the course the History of Architecture is taken up in such a way as to give the student the familiarity with the growth and meaning of architectural forms which will provide him with a basis for practice in original design and enable him to use precedent freely and intelligently. The mathematics required in the first year, the courses in Mechanics, Strength of Materials and Building Construction of the second and third years, and the third and fourth year lectures on Professional Practice, Heating and Ventilation and Sanitary Engineering, as far as construction is concerned give a thorough and broad knowledge of principles and their application to modern work.

So much for the principles of, and the methods employed in, the Department, and next to speak of its success as such. During the four years it has been distinct in the Lawrence Scientific School the Department has grown steadily but under rather adverse conditions. The little house on Holmes Field beside being inconveniently situated provides very cramped and unsatisfactory quarters. It is improbable, however, that any change can be made at present as lack of funds is a positive check in this instance. In regard to the future of the Department it is felt that a training in architecture, as in other professions, should in most cases preferably come after the gaining of a degree, and that it should be more of a Graduate Department. It is with the idea of encouraging men to take an academic course first, that many courses prescribed for the student of architecture coincide with a number offered in the elective pamphlet. Thus if the college course is carefully planned with that end in view it is possible to graduate in Architecture in three years after taking the academic degree, or even in two years, although this is not advised.

Advertisement