International Journal of Art & Design Education

Framing the House: Crosscultural Perspectives on Domestic Architecture

Volume 16.3   1997



In post-colonial and perhaps post ethnic societies there is a need to reconsider the study of architecture and the built environment in an interdisciplinary and historical framework. It is this humble, vernacular tradition that I wish to assess, in terms of post-colonial theory and its applications to the education of artists, architects, and homebuilders of the future. For the purpose of this brief paper, I will highlight several building traditions in terms of colonial applications and their roots in the international vernacular, and the ramifications for contemporary architects and built environment educators.