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History of Architecture

The History of Architecture

This course is intended as an introduction to the development of Western architecture through social and technological changes.

Areas of study may include:

  • An introduction to RIBA
  • The Classical Orders of architecture
  • Traditional materials and vernacular architecture
  • Architectural terminology
  • Iron and steel, the development of the skyscraper and the Chicago School
  • Concrete and the First Generation, Perret, Behrens and Lloyd Wright
  • The International Style/ Second Generation, Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier
  • Post Modernism, Venturi, Graves, Stirling
  • Brutalism
  • Hi-Tech, Foster, Rogers
  • Deconstructivism, Libeskind, Gehry, Hadid
  • The Stirling Prize

Skills and techniques

  • The ability to analyse a building using specialist terminology.
  • The ability to make critical judgements.
  • To express themselves coherently both verbally and on paper.
  • The ability and confidence to express and communicate knowledge and understanding.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The foundations and knowledge and understanding of architectural movements
  • Practitioners and their works
  • Consideration of the way that these changes develop according to chronological and other frameworks.
  • Awareness of architectural terms, concepts and issues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the significance of techniques and materials in the creation of a building.
  • Understand the principal methods of analysis and interpretation.
  • Understand the relationship between society and architecture within historical and other frameworks.


Coursework essays and a written 1.5-hour exam.