Originally Posted by Hed Kandi
Assume that I wanted a foundation in Historic Western Architecture, perhaps Art Nouveau or Baroque, where should I go?
University of Virginia.
What you are asking for will only be truly found in history classes though...because much of those practices can be studied that way...if you are looking for programs that have studios that focus to those styles, you will probably be sorely disappointed. In reference to music, first teaching one how to play and write music, you need to teach them the meaning of each note and the sound they make before teaching them any style of music...the Bachelors of Architecture is the practice of teaching the notes that you need to learn before you can begin to understand architecture...what you are wanting is best found in a Masters of Architecture program where you have more control over your own work and thesis, therefore you can then take your understanding of those notes that you have learned and apply them however you see fit.
If you are not willing to go through that process, then you might want to look into history degrees that focus on classical architecture and such. Architecture schools are very hard and very taxing, about 2 out of 3 people dont even make it past the first year. Then the entire time you are in studios, it feels like you are working a full time job that you are paying someone else for and getting very little sleep or human interaction outside of studio.
I mention University of Virginia because I know they still have a strong foundation in Colonial and Classical architecture, but even they are changing because of this push for sustainability in architecture and the need for the AIA to have every school practicing it.