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Pieter Broucke

Architecture Studies Track Head; Professor of History of Art and Architecture; Director of the Arts

 
 work(802) 443-5227
 Fall Term 2021-Monday & Wednesday 8:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m., and by appointment
 Johnson Memorial Building 413

Pieter Broucke joined the department in the fall of 1995. His areas of expertise are ancient art and architectural history. His research focuses on the intersection of these two areas, Greek and Roman architecture.

Dr. Broucke holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from Ghent, Belgium, an M.A. in Archaeology from the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Yale University. His doctoral dissertation with J. J. Pollitt focused on the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Agrigento, Sicily, the largest Doric temple constructed by the ancient Greeks.

He published The Archaeology of Architecture: Charles Robert Cockerell in Greece and the Levant, 1807-1810 (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 1994), and various articles and abstracts dealing with ancient architecture and sculpture.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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HARC 0100 - Intro to Global Visual Culture      

An Introduction to Global Visual Culture
This course is an introduction to the visual cultures of the world, with an emphasis on how images, objects, and monuments are made, experienced, exchanged, and used by groups of people with diverse religious, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. We will focus on themes that have been taken up by different cultures and adapted over time, such as monumentality, the sacred, embodiment, science, and technology. Through a close study of these themes, we will consider how materials, cultures, and histories are transformed and negotiated through making and viewing works of art. In the process, we will challenge the art historical canon by shedding light on marginalized periods, regions, and artworks. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. ART CMP

Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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HARC 0241 / RELI 0241 - Ancient Egypt: Art & Religion      

Art and Religion of Ancient Egypt
With its pyramids and mummies, the civilization of Ancient Egypt and its obsession with the afterlife loom large in the contemporary imagination. In this introductory course we explore Egyptian art and religion and study the driving forces for Egypt’s cultural continuity and change between c. 3200 BCE and 30 BCE. We also consider the impact of Ancient Egypt on later civilizations; its rediscovery during the 19th and early 20th centuries; and the reception of Ancient Egypt as a factor in the formation of modern Egypt. 3 hrs. Lect. AAL MDE

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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HARC 0259 - World Architecture, pre-modern      

A Global History of Pre-Modern Architecture
Since time immemorial, humans have created structures large and small, not only to provide shelter and protection but also to express identity, status, and ideology. In this course we will chronicle the major developments of architecture as a cultural endeavor from its beginnings in the Neolithic in the Near East to the Industrial Revolution in Europe, considered within a global perspective. Attention will be given to formal and structural innovations, often borrowed across cultures and periods. Introductory in nature, the course combines lectures, discussions, and workshops, and is open to all curious students. 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART HIS

Fall 2021

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HARC 0510 - Advanced Studies      

Advanced Studies
Supervised independent work in art history, museum studies, or architectural studies. (Approval Required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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HARC 0530 - Independent Architect. Design      

Supervised independent work in architectural analysis and design. (Approval Required)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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HARC 0540 - Independent Museum Studies      

Supervised Independent Work in Museum Studies
This practicum builds upon the Museum Assistants Program (MAP), the hands-on museum education program at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. In MAP, the Curator of Education trains students to conduct tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and of special exhibitions for audiences of peers, school groups, and the general public. Combining service learning with the opportunity to both support and learn more about the arts, students gain expertise in public speaking, art history, and public programming. HARC 0540 should be taken concurrently with the second semester of MAP. The class will culminate with a public presentation on a museum-related topic evaluated by a faculty member of the Department of History of Art & Architecture. (Approval required)

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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DPPG 8526 - SPR:Public Space & Development      

Architecture may be defined as the deliberate transformation of the natural environment into a cultural environment. It should also be seen as a means for building (literally!) sustainable solutions to problems pertaining to public space, access, and identity. In this course, we will explore the intersection between architecture and development through case-studies that range from the large to the small, all centered on a number of typologies: markets, schools, places of worship, clinics, transportation nodes, water points and more. Students will work in teams to analyze existing solutions to significant development problems that involve the use of public space. They will then create alternative solution strategies that incorporate systems thinking, human-centered design, development theory, and, sound public policy.

An additional 9 hours will be scheduled as “studio time” during the intervening week. Studio time—a period of feedback, coaching and mentoring––will be scheduled flexibly to accommodate Sprintensive and non-Sprintensive students.

Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Workshop

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Office Hours Spring 2010

Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. or by appointment