Module Catalogues

Architectural Theory and Criticism

Module Title Architectural Theory and Criticism
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2024/25
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

Architectural theory is, in essence, critiquing, thinking, and writing about architecture. It touches upon issues relating to how we live in, and with, buildings and is a critical engagement with the ways that we use and occupy spaces with other people. It is central both to the practice and the reception of architecture. This course will introduce students to major currents in architectural, urban, and social theory. In reading, discussing, and debating architectural, urban, and social theory, students will not only learn the ideas – or lack of ideas – behind existing buildings, but will learn to think critically, creatively, and more widely about their own design interventions and practices as architects.

Learning outcomes

A Critically evaluate scholarly texts and set them into relation to the practice and culture of architecture and urban design today.
B Present an advanced understanding of the influence of theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture.
C Present an advanced understanding of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment.
D Synthesise arguments and assumption into a relevant research question related to the history, theory and culture of architecture and urban design.
E Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify relevant research resources to explore a research question critically.
F. Synthesize theoretical research into original written work in compliance with academic conventions.

Method of teaching and learning

This course has a seminar format. The majority of learning occurs through in-class discussion and careful reading of assigned texts. Some short presentations within the seminars will help provide context for discussion and reading. Presentations and individual research projects will further enhance student learning. Some sessions on this module 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.