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AR20364: History and theory of architecture 2: history of western architecture

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (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:
Architecture (like literature) changes very slowly. Architects and craftsmen working a thousand or two years ago were every bit as intelligent and gifted as those working today, and historical buildings are as worthy of study as the contemporary. The course provides a solid foundation in architectural history by introducing the most important canonical buildings (and their architects), those that are constantly being referred back to in architectural discourse. These are the buildings that every student must know, recognise, visit and critically examine before their architectural formation can be complete.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will demonstrate:
* Knowledge of canonical buildings, and their place in the history of architecture, relating them to key political, religious, cultural and technical developments.
* Knowledge of key architects, their creative trajectories and influences from one generation to the next.
* Knowledge of how building types and technologies have been transformed over time
* Knowledge of how the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
* Knowledge of the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture
* Knowledge of theories of urban design and the planning of communities

Taking illustrated lecture notes; using architectural vocabulary; how to visit a building; sketching and memorising; identifying styles; architectural description and criticism. Simple research from set books; digestion and marshalling of facts and argumentation; critical awareness, presentation of findings in the form of an illustrated essay.

A series of lectures broadly chronological covering Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-classical and Victorian Architecture in Western Europe, up to about 1905.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20364 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-ANB08 : BSc(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 2)