Module Catalogues

Architectural Theory

Module Title Architectural Theory
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2024/25
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

To provide a context in which students can practice theoretical reflection on and through architecture within the broader discourse of the discipline. To acculturate students to the disciplinary and public scrutiny architecture and architectural writing are subjected to, and to prepare students for engaging in such processes. To encourage students to critically review, and to carefully produce critical academic writing, in preparation for possible post-graduate degree studies.

Learning outcomes

A. Evaluate key ideas, theories and criticisms of modern, post-modern and contemporary architecture.
B. Analyse and present past architectural debates.
C. Express multifaceted arguments in spoken word and in written English.
D. Recognise and debate the mutual influence of architectural theory and design.
E. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of academic research methods and writing.

Method of teaching and learning

Lectures introducing the main concepts of architectural theory provide a framework for understanding the ongoing discourses in the field. Critical review of key literature in a seminar setting, and production of architectural writings and projects are methods used in teaching and learning. Students will articulate ideas mainly through essay writing, in-class presentations/ discussions and through group project work. Some sessions may be delivered in collaboration with Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language and the study skills requirements for the module.