AA1HTI-History and Theory of Architecture: an Introduction

Module Provider: School of Architecture, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: AA1DS1 Architecture and Design - An Introduction to Studio AA1IPI Industry and Practice - the Business Context of Architecture AA1DS2 Architecture and Design - An Introduction to Site AA1VCI Visualisation and Communication in Architectural Design – An Introduction and AA1STI Construction Technology: an Introduction
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Flora Samuel

Email: f.b.samuel@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module provides an introduction to key concepts related to the history and theory of architecture. It is the first in a series of modules which relate to this subject area, to be provided over three years within the Architecture programme, and is closely related to other modules including the first year design modules. It may also be of relevance to other programmes.

The module introduces ideas that inform architectural thinking around the theories and history of architecture. It will include a range of subjects from development of cities and civilisations, to understanding other aspects of culture and society that surround and inform contemporary architecture. There will be references to aspects of the architecture. These ideas and theories will inform the design studio work implicitly and explicitly.

The scale of examples considered in this first year module include examples of the ‘building’, and the ‘body in space ‘to align within the scale of work developed by students in the design studio module.

The aim of the module is to introduce concepts relating to architectural history and theory, society and culture.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be able to describe and evaluate within assignments:

1.The cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings

2.The influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture

3.How the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design

4.The creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture

They will also be able to demonstrate:

5.Development of analytical skills and critical thinking as well as their ability to structure written reports and critical writing

Additional outcomes:

1. Students will have gained an insight into relationships between science and technology and the history, theory and practice of architectural design; and relationships between people, buildings and the environment. They will also have improved their understanding of how precedent can inform sustainable building design. 2. Students will also have gained an understanding of the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach.

Outline content:
The module is structured around a range of topic areas:

1.The language of architectural theory;

2.Architecture from classical civilisations to International style;

3.Vernacular architecture;

4.Architecture and society

Global context:
The module will involve consideration of examples from around the world, helping students to build an understanding of local issues arising in a variety of climates and societies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered via lectures, seminar discussions with guest lecturers, and in supervised studio sessions. Students will work in teams and extra hours for group work supervision are included. At least one site visit to a relevant historic building in the UK will be undertaken. Study visits will help to emphasise key concepts developed during the module and encourage peer interaction and bonding, a vital ingredient in the creation of a relaxed atmosphere for design studio work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2 18
Seminars 2 2 6
Project Supervision 2 18
Supervised time in studio/workshop 4 36
Guided independent study 20 70 20
Total hours by term 30.00 144.00 26.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
This module will include formative assessment related to written assignments including interim feedback provided as work for formal assessment is developed.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by coursework to be completed by August/September

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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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