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CIVE5265M Architectural History and Theory 4

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Gehan Selim

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

The standard qualifications (or equivalent) set by the School of Civil Engineering for entry to any of its JBM accredited UG programmes.

This module is not approved as an Elective


Students will gain an enhanced critical understanding of the influence that design practice and theoretical writings have on each other. Students will have a general understanding and knowledge of recent architectural theory, with an enhanced understanding of a more focused theme through critical evaluation. Students will develop research and analysis techniques, enhancing their ability to critically evaluate and communicate theoretical and conceptual design thinking.

Learning outcomes
ARB General Criteria for Part 1:
• Ability to develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.GC1.3
• Ability to develop the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings; GC2.1.
• Develop understanding of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture; GC2.2.

Skills outcomes
Independent research skills


Students carry out an individual investigation into an aspect of architectural history & theory from a selected list of themes. Guided by lectures, seminars and tutorials, this primarily literature-sourced project will allow students to develop their own understanding of the relationship between theoretical writing and design practice.

This module is a significantly self-directed investigative study, with students choosing a research topic from a given list of current issues in architectural history & theory. Students undertake a literature review of the chosen topic, analysing and evaluating their findings before writing a 5,000 word essay of their findings and insights.

Typical reading material in support of this module includes:
Braham, W. and Hale, J. (eds). (2006). Rethinking Technology: a reader in architectural theory. Routledge, London
Forty, A. (2000). Words and Buildings: A vocabulary of modern architecture. Thames & Hudson, London
Mallgrave, H. F. (ed.). (2006). Architectural Theory: Anthology from Vitruvius to 1870. Oxford, Blackwell
Mallgrave, H. F. and Contandriopoulos (eds). (2008). Architectural Theory, Volume 2: An anthology from 1871–2005. Oxford, Blackwell

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours116.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through discussions held at regular seminars and small group tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5000 word100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:55


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