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Apprentice Questions – Architect

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

5, 6, 7  

Apprentice Questions
Architect

You are to be apprenticed to an Architect designing a Palatial Estate, Cathedral, Hospital, University, Globe Theatre, place of business, designing a town mall (marketplace).

Consider:
– Name of your guild? Philosophy of design? Terms and vocabulary unique to your guild’s work? Who have been the innovators in your field of study? What has each contributed of significant importance? Where did each master get his ideas? Any special study that he did, place he visited, things he observed and applied to what he is passing on to you? For what donations is your guild responsible and why? What artwork has your guild been required to commission? What should be kept secret and why?

What construction skills and techniques must you learn or know about? What are the hazards of your work? Math: What mathematical ‘news’ is there that will help you? Technology (tools) available? What innovative technology can be built into your work or have you or others discovered? (14th to 17th century versions of 20th century technology? Is the older better? In what ways?) Special features of your project that you must build into your design? Technology needed? (You may have to do some inventing to complete your project – but within the limits of the Renaissance.)

Sanitation: a concern in design? Particular problems you may run into with your project? Building materials available from where? Special guilds for them? Decorative art for your design? What other guild(s) will you need to know about or use? In what way(s)?

What have you learned that 20th century architects and builders use today as a result of ideas and techniques of the Renaissance ( or what the Renaissance borrowed from earlier centuries)?

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