AR390 History of the Designed Environ:Mid-19th Century to Present

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AR 390 History of the Designed Environ:Mid-19th Century to Present


FA 2010 HO


Beasley, Ardus (SOODIE)


Adjunct Faculty


Post-Baccalaureate Professional Level Designation in Interior Architecture and Design;
M.A. Art History
B.A. Art History

Office Location


Office Hours

before and after class, and by appointment

Daytime Phone

323.244.8303 (cell)

Other Phone

816-437.8330 (office)


Web Page

Semester Dates

January 14 - May 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:10 PM


preferably AR298

Credit Hours



Jeannie Ireland's History of Interior Design (2009)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Suggested additional reading:

  • Judith Miller’s Chairs, (2009) 
  • Judith Miller’s 20th Century Design (2009)
  • Penny Sparke’s A Century of Design: Design Pioneers of the 20th Century (1998)
  • Merrill and Iovine: Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam
    • Judith Gura, Design After Modernism 1970-2010 (2012)

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Course Description:
AR 390 History of the Designed Environment- Mid 19th-Century to Present: This continuation of the study of architecture, interiors, furniture and the decorative arts in the context of Western culture begins with the aesthetic movements of the late 19th Century and progresses through the modern and post-modern movements of the 20th century, ending with a survey of present and future design trends and an overview of interior designers and decorators from the beginning of the 20th century until present day. 

Students will understand modern design movements in the context of the immense social changes that took place beginning with the industrial revolution and continuing through the information age. Students will learn to identify the work of individual 20th century architects and furniture designers. Prerequisite: AR298 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Understanding the past will help you make better choices for the future as a designer.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the elements and characteristics that define the design movements that took place from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
  2. Connect modern design movements to their context: historical events, geographical area, culture, religion, art and literature.
  3. Recognize the work of significant interior designers and architects, classifying the work according to its place in time and the design movement it represents.
  4. Identify modern furniture, especially chairs, by the designer's name and the design movement each represents.
  5. Make connections between the design of the built environment and its impact on our personal and working lives.
  6. Identify and analyze design trends for the early 21st Century.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. How to research information
  2. 2. How to think critically
  3. 3. How to organize your thoughts
  4. 4. How to communicate your knowledge to others in a clear, effective manner
Core Assessment:
Test covering text, lectures, and discussions  (outcomes 1-4)
Tests identifying visual images (outcomes 3 and 4)
Completion of research assignments (outcomes 3 and 4)
Completion of core assessment project: a research project with oral presentation (outcomes1,2,5,6)

Class Assessment:

There will be three (3) ESSAYS, and on-going visual project (Pinterest) and one final presentation (students have an option to write a 10 page paper and deliver a 10 minute presentation for the final only upon approval). I take ATTENDANCE very seriously. You skip, you get points off. I mean it.

Assigned Readings, Class Participation and Attendance = 75 points

Three (3) Essays  = 75 points EACH

Visual Project - 75 points

Final = 200 points

TOTAL = 575 points

Letter Grade Policy


Number of Points



405 - 450



360 - 404









269 or below

Below 59.9

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized one letter grade (10% points).

Students may NOT make up projects missed because of an unexcused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Dates for lectures and assignments will be subject to revision!! You are asked to read the appropriate sections of your textbook for the subjects listed. As well as any other additional readings assigned. These readings should be completed prior to class. Please study and review the material continuously. Pay attention and take notes in class. If you wait, read and cram before writing an essay, you will perform poorly. Show up to class. You need to see the slides and understand the information. Do not think that by copying another student’s notes from missed classes you will understand the information. Essay topics come from class lectures and not the assigned textbook. This information will serve you well throughout your career.

No cell phone use or texting under the desk. Turn your cell phone ringer off. Laptop computers ONLY allowed when taking notes. ABSOLUTELY no checking Facebook or email during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






 January 17




 January 24

 Victorian England

 Chapter 18

pgs 459-479


 Victorian Era in America



 January 29 or 31


 Chapter 19

pgs 481 - 487


 & Eclecticism



 February 7

 Aesthetic Movement - England

 Chapter 19

pgs 487 - 493


 Arts + Crafts Movement -   America



 February 14

 Art Nouveau - Europe

Chapter 19

pgs 493-497


 Art Nouveau - UK



 February 21

 Movie Day! – LC Tiffany




 Art Nouveau – America  
 & The Emergence of  
 Modernism – Louis Sullivan



p. 519

February 28

 Movie Day – Frank Lloyd Wright by Ken Burns

Mini Essay Due

pgs 515-518


 part 1 and 2 prepare for a LONG class


 no excuses even if you have already seen this. 

 March 7

 Art Deco – France

Chapter 20

 pgs 522-526


 & America







 March 11-15








 March 21

 Bauhaus (MOVIE DAY!!)


 pgs 520


 Streamline Modern - Design
 during the Depression (1930s)


 pgs 355-361

 March 28

 The power of Film:
1940s and Hollywood Movies








April 4


Danish Modern


Mini Essay Due


 pgs 539 


1950s: The New Modernism

Movie Day!

 PBS film on Charles & Ray Eames


 April 11

The Mid-Century Modern House (Eichler, Neutra, Schindler)


 pgs 532 and 538


1960s 1970s: Action and Reaction


pg 541

 April 18

 1980s : Postmodernism



pg 541

review: Chapters 19-21





 April 23

 Rise of the Interior Decorator - part 1

Mini Essay Due


pgs 526-528


 Rise of the Interior Decorator - part 2











 May 9





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