Traditional models for historical inquiry privilege language—either transcribed or orated—as the primary interface between historical subjects and the present. While this form of scholarship continues to be yield rich fields of discovery, one might wonder if there are other ways to engage the past. Can a site-specific installation be a form of historical scholarship? Is drawing a viable means of studying bygone civilizations? How might an architect reimagine the task of a historian? Building off of these questions, this course examines the application of design as a method for historical analysis. Through a series of case studies and directed readings, students will be introduced to a range of creative alternatives to traditional historiography. In addition to experimental texts, the course will feature histories that are intended to be watched, held, performed, smelled, heard, and inhabited. Over the course of the semester, each student will develop his or her own historical research project, borrowing and/or adapting one of the design-oriented methods discussed in class. By bridging the divide between history and design, this course aims to engage a wider audience in critical reflection on architecture and its vibrant past.