Within architectural history, works are classified into periods, each with notable and distinct
characteristics. For Paper 2, select a period of architecture from the following list and one example work
of architecture from this period. Draw connections between the period and the work of architecture,
investigating the period’s origin, time frame, design approach, notable characteristics, etc. Investigate
the specifics of the work of architecture, such as form, materials, details, construction, assembly, etc,
exploring its alignment or contrast to typical works from the period. Consider the architect’s / designer’s
role or relationship to the period and the impact of the period on the architect’s work.
Periods of architecture you can choose from: Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Rococo, Art
Note: “Modern” is a distinct period of architecture with a starting point and ending point in history. Many
students confuse “Modern” with contemporary architecture, which describes the architecture of our
Choose one work of architecture covered in the course, either in lectures or the textbook. Write a 2,500-
word paper that studies and interprets the work of architecture according to the topic. To understand and
interpret the work of architecture, students should utilize a range of sources and materials, such as:
photographs; written history; interviews; design and construction documents; material sources and
selections; and more.
The paper should be a holistic interpretation of the work of architecture, investigating a range of internal
and external factors. The paper SHOULD NOT be a research report or book report, which is focused on
the recounting of facts or is solely describing the work of architecture. This paper SHOULD BE an
interpretation of the information students discover about the work of architecture and the thesis
statement should clearly articulate the unique position that will be explored in the paper. Analysis and
synthesis of research is required to produce a paper that satisfies this assignment.
The paper must include a thesis statement, which states this unique position and guides the
organization of the paper. This thesis statement communicates the ‘big idea’ for the paper to the reader
and is backed up by evidence / research. This assignment challenges you to interpret the work of
architecture for yourself. What are your ideas about the work of architecture in relationship to the topic?
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Additional guidance about formulating this thesis statement is offered in the “Paper 2 Outline”
Additional Guidance for Producing the Paper
Conduct some initial research to identify works you might be interested in. You may select a work from
any portion of the course, even if we haven’t covered it by the time the paper is due. Be sure there are
ample resources available to you to produce a paper of this length. Do not overlook sources which may
be focused on the architect, time period, etc, rather than the individual work of architecture. A minimum
of 6 scholarly sources is required. Remember: This paper requires significant effort and time on your
part, so be sure to select a paper topic that interests you and you desire to learn more about.
In your research and interpretation, the physical characteristics of the work of architecture are likely to
stand out to you, as these are easily seen and assessed in photos and drawings. In addition to the
physical, don’t overlook the range of intangible factors that guided the creation of the architectural work.
For example, the specific preferences of the architect, the financial budget available, and the time
In the writing of the paper, be sure to use a more formal academic style of writing. While you’ll be
communicating your ideas and conclusions, you should not use first person statements using “I”, “me”,
or “my”. You should write from a third person point of view.
Resources for Paper Writing
The UF Writing Studio is a free service for current UF graduate and undergraduate students. Students
have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a consultant on issues specific to their own particular
development. Appointments can be made on their website for virtual consultations
(https://writing.ufl.edu/writing-studio/). These consultations are especially helpful to students who may
need assistance with developing a thesis, using research to back up the position taken in the thesis, and
organizing their thoughts / content within the paper.
Detailed Paper Requirements
Note the detailed requirements outlined below. Points will be deducted for not following the prescribed
format, citation style, etc.
– 2,500 (minimum) word count.
– The paper must follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
– Use New Times Roman font, 12 point, single-spaced, with all margins set to one inch (1”).
The paper must be a minimum of 2,500 words. Microsoft Word will be used to confirm the word count.
The word count does not include footnotes, captions, and bibliography. Students can use the abstract
text they authored for Paper Outline 2, but it must be incorporated into the paper text to contribute to the
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minimum word count. The abstract SHOULD NOT be included as a separate section before the final
paper, as in this case, it would not contribute to the word count.
Create a cover page that includes:
– Title of Paper
– Student’s Name
– Course and Section Number, Semester and Year
– Word Count
The paper should include a minimum of 5 images. Select images that enhance or illustrate the ideas you
are discussing. Each image should be clearly labeled, have a caption, and the source be clearly cited in
the footnotes at the bottom of the page. For example: “Figure 1: The north façade clearly features the
library entrance and the intricate Art Deco details. “ The image label (ie. Figure 1) should be referred in
the body of the paper to connect the paper text and images.
The images should be included on their own pages after the paper text and before the bibliography.
Note: The images and their captions do not contribute towards or reduce the word count.
Citations + Citation Style
Use Chicago Style 17th edition for footnotes (embedded at the bottom of each page) and a bibliography
(at the conclusion of the paper). The Purdue Owl is a great source for citation information and guidance.
For Chicago Style citations, note that the bibliography format is slightly different from the footnote format.
Required Sources (6 minimum)
– A minimum of 6 scholarly sources is required. The course textbook and lectures can be used as
sources for the paper, but they do not count toward the minimum number of sources.
– Research for this paper should come from a variety of scholarly sources. Consider: books; journal
articles; videos / documentaries; interviews; design and construction documents; and academically
recognized web sources.
– Do not use Wikipedia or similar Wiki encyclopedia-like pages. These sources can be edited at any time
by users and their information is not verified.
To begin a search for scholarly sources, please visit the UF Architecture and Fine Arts Library webpage.
E-books, online journals, and other scholarly publications can be accessed through the UF Libraries
Catalog and Databases.