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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course surveys the history of British, European and American architecture, from Greek antiquity to the present day. Semester 1 starts with Greek and Roman architecture, the architecture of the Middle Ages and the first great re-evaluation of Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance.

It goes on to survey the Renaissance in Britain and northern Europe and the subsequent influence of the Italian Baroque in these areas. Later, the dialogue between developments and ideas in these countries and their respective responses to Antiquity form the focal point of Semester 1, with an examination of the theoretical, cultural and stylistic aspects of the architecture of the Enlightenment.

Semester 2 opens with a survey of the stylistic revivals that dominated architecture in the early nineteenth century and focuses in particular on the 'Battle of the Styles' in Britain. It also introduces the apparently contradictory theme of modernity in architecture and discusses the nineteenth century development of new and more sophisticated typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made this possible. The revivalist and the modern are also discussed in terms of the conflict between industrial and anti-industrial that saw the architectural technology of the Crystal Palace juxtaposed with the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The course traces the complex ideas that lie behind the emergence of Modernism in the early decades of the 20th century. It concludes with lectures on the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the recent emergence of a Post-modern consciousness. Throughout the course the technologies of building and the emergence of the architectural profession are recurring themes. Excursions into the related fields of landscape architecture and urban design necessarily appear from time to time.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 66, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 300 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2X1500/2000 word essay @ 25% each = 50%
2 tutorial presentations with submitted presentation notes @ 10% each = 20%
2x2 hour examinations @ 15% each = 30%.
Students must attempt every element/component of the course.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Architectural History 1 Paper 12:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Architectural History 1 Paper 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 1 Paper 12:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Architectural History 1 Paper 22:00
Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge of the history of European and aspects of non-European architecture from antiquity to the present day.
- An awareness of the relationship between architecture and other aspects of culture, in particular visual culture.
- An awareness of the wider social, political, and economic context in which architecture is created
- An understanding of the way different cultures approach similar architectural problems
- A knowledge and understanding of the built environment of the present day and how it developed in order that intelligent and informed contributions can be made to the current debates on architecture
- Knowledge of the specialist language of architecture
- Some ability in the critical and comparative analysis of buildings
- Familiarity with the methodology and vocabulary of scholarship and criticism in the field of architecture
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus a weekly tutorial
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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