19th & 20th Century Architecture: Presentations #1 & #2

This assignment was written by Jessica Ainsworth-Truong for use in post-secondary education.  This assignment is not to be used by others without written consent.

Presentation #1 & #2                                                      

Each student will be presenting a different building by a different architect.  These buildings will possibly appear on the slide quiz.  This assignment acts as a great study guide, so it is imperative that you research thoroughly to give the greatest advantage to yourself and your classmates

Verbal requirements for the presentation are as follows:

  • Discuss the architect and his ideas about design; paying particular attention to how that relates to culture (for example Mies van der Rohe and his ideas about material and detail)
  • Discussthe building and how it exemplifies these ideas (for example the Seagram building and the use of I-beams as façade detail)
  • Discuss the materiality and how its significance in relationship to concept and historical period
  • Tell us why this building is significant to you.  (Why did you choose to write about it?  Why spend time studying it?)

Your visual presentation will be a board or PowerPoint presentation that illustrates the points that you will be making in your verbal presentation.

  • Create a layout that reiterates the designer or period
  • Use only images of a decent resolution, so they are legible to your audience (100dpi or larger)
  • Keep text to a minimum


  • Must include a bibliography that includes at least one book besides your textbook.  Websites and magazines are acceptable as references.  Cite your sources within the text.  This will be a hard copy you turn in to me (it is not part of your verbal/visual presentation).

Grading Criteria

4 points for visual presentation

4 points for bibliography

4 points for discussing the architect and his ideas

4 points for discussing the building and its expression of ideas

4 points for discussing materials

2 points for significance of the building

3 points for organization of ideas


Total of 25 points


Building Choices for Presentation #1

  • Robert Adam, Syon House, Middlesex, England, 1734
  • Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Saltworks, Chaux, France, 1774-79
  • Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Altes Museum, Berlin, 1823-28
  • Charles Garnier, Paris Opera House, Paris, 1861-75
  • Henri Labrouste, Bibleotheque Ste. Genevieve, Paris, 1842-5
  • Joseph Paxton, Crystal Palace, London Exposition of 1851
  • Dutert, Galerie des Machines, Exposition Universelle Paris, 1889
  • Philip Webb for William Morris, Red House, Bexley Heath Kent, England, 1859
  •  Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, Wainwright Building, St. Louis, 1890-91
  • Frank Lloyd Wright, Robie House, Highland Park, IL, 1909
  • Antoni Gaudi, Casa Batllo, Barcelona, 1905-07
  • Otto Wagner, Postal Savings Bank, Vienna, 1904-06
  • Peter Behrens, AEG Turbineworks, Berlin, 1909
  • Walter Gropius, Fagus Factory, Alfeld an der Leine, Germany, 1911-13
  • Charles Rennie Macintosh, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, 1897-1909
  • Joseph Olbrich, Secession Exhibition Building, Vienna, 1897-98
  • Gerrit Rietveld, Schroeder House, Utrect, 1924
  •  Joseph Hoffmann, Palais Stoclet, Brussels, 1905-1911

Presentation #2 Choices

  • Le Corbusier, Villa Savoy, Poissy, France
  • Le Corbusier, Unite d’Habitation, Marseilles, France
  • Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona Pavillion, Barcelona, Spain
  • Mies van der Rohe, Seagram Building, New York City
  • Walter Gropius, Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany
  • Luis Barragon, Barragon’s House, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Alvar Aalto, Villa Mairea, Noormarku, Finland
  • Louis Kahn, Kimball Art Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Robert Venturi, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Phillip Johnson, AT&T Building, New York City
  • Michael Graves, Portland Building, Portland, Oregon
  • Norman Foster, Hong Kong Bank, Hong Kong
  • Frank Gehry, Gehry House, California
  • Bernard Tschumi, Parc de la Villette, Paris
  • Daniel Libeskind,  Jewish Museum, Berlin
  • Glen Murcutt, Magney House, Australia
  • Tadao Ando, Church of the Light, Japan
  • Jean Nouvel, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris
  • Steven Holl,  Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, WA

Websites for local card catalogs

Saint Paul Public Library


Minneapolis Public Library


Library cards to the public libraries are free or of nominal charge.  A St. Paul Library card works for Minneapolis Libraries and vise versa.

University of Minnesota Library


The University of Minnesota Library is open and available to the public.  As Minnesota taxpayers, you are free to use the resources; you are just not allowed to check things out.  There are many different libraries on the U of MN campus, so if you choose to utilize this resource, please note which library houses the book.

Don’t forget to use the AI library, either!


Visit the LRC (Library site) and use the Athena search engine.


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