How might we judge the importance of an object?  This immersive design seminar is designed for you to learn how to judge the import and impact of a historical object.  Students will explore context, design and impact to develop criteria and discuss their findings to arrive at a common outcome. 

Our test case for this is the automobile but the underlying thinking is designed to be transferable across the disciplines. Having a working mechanism for judging importance -- drawing from exposure to experts from archeology, psychology, history, engineering and collecting -- will be your goal. After developing the necessary skills, you will receive a list of historic automobiles which are entrants in the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. You will work in teams to research and participate in an open discussion as a class to establish an overall ranking. A group of students will join the faculty on August 20 for final presentation of the student-judged award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 

Class size is limited. A strong interest in design, engineering, art, history or automobiles is desired.

For Spring 2017, this course meets on four (4) specific Wednesdays from 5:30PM-7:20PM.


Wednesday, April 5
Wednesday, May 3
Wednesday, May 24
Wednesday, June 7


Who is this class for?

Undergraduates and graduate students.

What are the attendance requirements?

Must attend first class and two more classes (total of 3 out of the four classes) to receive credit.

What time does this class meet?

On four particular Wednesdays during the quarter, 5:30 PM - 7:20 PM at the a room TBD (but likely within the 550 / dschool). 

Do I need to be a car expert to join this class?

Absolutely not. We encourage students with a background / interest in design, engineering, art, history or automobile to join us.

I took this class in 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016. Can I take it again? 

A certain number of slots will be given to previous students. Priority will be given to new students.

Course Application: