Each year the H+U+D initiative sponsors (1) an undergraduate Gateway Course that introduces the multidisciplinary study of cities, (2) two undergraduate City Seminars, one devoted to a North American city and the other to a city overseas, which examine the city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way, (3) a mixed undergraduate/graduate Anchor Institution Seminar, which examines the activities of one of the Philadelphia institutions that reflects and serves the city’s diverse population, and (4) a graduate Problematics Seminar, co-taught by Design and SAS humanities faculty, on a topic that grows out of the collaborative work of the H+U+D Colloquium.

COML 603/ARTH 781: Does Architectural Theory Define Architectural Practice?


Fall 2014



This seminar links architectural and aesthetic theory with practice. Through a review of writings by academics and practitioners, students will identify distinct theories and evaluate their influence on practice.


Jonathan Barnett, City and Regional Planning, and Liliane Weissberg, Germanic Languages and Literatures