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DESIGN 271: Architectural Styles

Learning Objectives

  • Review design styles through the 20th Century. Includes Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, California Bungalow, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Zig- Zag modernism, New England salt boxes, Ranch style, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism, Post- Modernism, and others in the US and overseas.
  • Discuss the significance of changes in style and review key examples of these styles.
  • Describe the key principles of various styles and how to coordinate watershape design with architecture.


Understanding the architecture of both built structures and the surrounding landscape will enable watershape designers to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. It is easy to find examples of pools that clearly do not reflect the style of the home. They are usually the result of a production-type builder that is only comfortable replicating the same pool they have built many times. However, when the pool is well-designed to match the home’s architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add real value to the property. This process can only begin after a basic understanding of architectural styles - the palette from which we draw from. These pools not only reflect the home but also the surrounding landscape.

Time/ Credits

16:00 hrs



  • Required Prerequisite D101
  • Required for GENESIS® Graduate