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Barbados

At a Glance

Program Overview

The traditional wood and stone structures, coral was also used in construction, lending a unique Barbadian flair. Jacobean, Georgian, and Victorian styles dominate the landscape. The iconic Chattel House is an integral island's architectural legacy. The vivid colors of these chattel houses shows the West African influence.

As you travel around the island you will see many examples of the Chattel House, a distinct form of architecture that is unique to Barbados. The design of these small wooden houses dates back to Emancipation, when the former slaves were allowed to build a house on a piece of plantation land. Because they did not own the land, the house could not be built on a permanent foundation, in case it had to be moved. The solution to this challenge was to build a wooden house and rest it on a base of coral stone blocks, so that they could literally move house if so required. Hence the name chattel house, as a man's movable possessions were called his chattels. Despite its humble origins, the chattel house evolved into a carefully planned structure, with several distinct design characteristics and a variety of intricate adornments.

European colonization of the Caribbean left a rich architectural heritage. Of the English-speaking Caribbean, Barbados is perhaps the most fortunate in its profusion of old buildings of all types. These are chiefly late Georgian or Victorian, but include a significant number of earlier structures, including, astonishingly, at least eight major seventeenth century houses and several from around 1700.

Courses 

All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours in Summer 2020 to participate on this program. Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.

The Summer Semester in Barbados will include:

Design communication in international and domestic environments away from the Texas A&M University campus; emphasis on the tools, methods and techniques for design communication. May be taken up to two times in the same semester.

Design philosophy in international and domestic environments away from the Texas A&M University campus; emphasis on the historical, philosophical, cultural, social and economic factors that influence design solutions. May be taken up to two times in the same semester.

Special projects in architecture. May be repeated for credit.

Individual problems involving application of theory and practice in design and construction of buildings and groups of buildings.

Eligibility

Program Highlights


 

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Questions?

For more information about the program, please contact your academic advisor or the departmental coordinators:

University Studies
Leslie Feigenbaum
lfeigenbaum@arch.tamu.edu

Faculty leader
Brent R. Fortenberry 
brforte@tamu.edu