HOA 300, Sec. 002 – ST: Architecture of the Middle Ages Professor Mateo MW, 3:45-5:05 Rm: BH 105 The Middle Ages witnessed the erection of spectacular buildings with bold spatial designs, stunning decoration, and a profound symbolic meaning. In this course you will familiarize yourself with many of the European masterpieces of architecture from this period (5th-15th cc). It will also help you understand why they were designed that way and how their design related to the social, religious and political structure and ideals of the time. Our focus will be on the relationship between patrons and builders, the technological developments that opened new possibilities for the architects, the architectural language that they developed, the way the buildings were used, their symbolic meaning, and the mechanisms by which that meaning was conveyed. The classes will be in discussion format, requiring your active participation and previous reading of selected chapters from two textbooks.