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AR50148: History and theory

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Conservation Philosophy Research Paper (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with a knowledge of the principles of classical architecture.

Learning Outcomes:
To be able to analyse an historic building in terms of its architectural style and to design a simple classical building and detail the parts.

* To devise arguments for the retention, repair and possible adaptive reuse of historic buildings, sites and landscapes
* To identify and evaluate the significance of historic sites, as a basis to develop policies for their conservation.
Professional, Practical:
* To make critical evaluations, arguments and judgements, and communicate clearly to specialists and non-specialists
* To operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the professions and the environment.
* To carry out or commission research, analysis and recording of the historic environment
* To be able to work autonomously and with other professionals to develop strategies appropriate to historic buildings, and to recognise when advice should be sought.
These skills are taught, facilitated and assessed.

Renaissance Theory - an introduction to Vitruvius, followed by reference to Alberti, Serlio and Palladio and other renaissance architectural treatises; a visual resume of major works by ancient, renaissance and later European architects.
Classical design - a grounding in the theory of classical architecture and an understanding the grammar of classical detailing.
History of British domestic architecture and interiors - classicism and the Georgian interior; the Regency and Victorian interior.
History and philosophy of architectural conservation - William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; the development of legislation and international charters and standards. Building archaeology and research: sourcing the history of a building and the role of the architectural historian; the role of the archaeologist.
Garden conservation and archaeology - this recently developed but important field is introduced with reference to gardens such as Hampton Court Physick Garden, Hestercombe Garden, Prior Park and Stowe.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50148 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.