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BDES1011: Architectural History/Theory 1

Architectural History/Theory 1 introduces students to the discourse of architectural history and theory. It includes a concise chronological survey of key periods of architectural history from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century, as well as closer investigation of some particular architectural themes and ideas across history. Students will interrogate these themes through intense study of significant buildings, which they will research, document, and analyse. They will be introduced to fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research in the discipline, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.

Code BDES1011
Academic unit Architecture
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
HSC Mathematics and HSC English Standard

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of key ideas and events shaping architectural history and theory in different places and periods
  • LO2. appreciate and articulate ways in which various social, political, cultural and scientific conditions have affected the development of an architectural project
  • LO3. demonstrate familiarity with the diverse artistic and organisational roles played by architects
  • LO4. articulate a critical stance on issues in architectural history and practice
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with the methodologies of architectural history, including textual analysis, referencing, and recourse to written authorities and historical testimonies
  • LO6. compose convincing formal written arguments in sound academic prose and to illustrate these appropriately
  • LO7. use texts, architectural diagrams, drawing and photographs for the purposes of both building analysis and creative representation.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.