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ARCH12-117: History and Theory: Ancient to Enlightenment


This subject traces the history of world architecture from the Neolithic period up until the early 1700s, examining the theories that have evolved and shaped architecture in subsequent eras, including vernacular traditions. Significant works, architects, and contexts across the world are highlighted for future referral and precedent studies to develop the students’ design thinking skills. The themes above are linked to concurrent undergraduate studies in the design studio, architectural technology, environmental studies and design communication subjects. The focus is on critical analyses of architecture and on the development of appropriate written communication skills, including correct referencing. Hence, a large component of the subject is directed towards visual, oral and written expression by engaging each student to analyse a suggested topic by means of presentation, physical model and essay. The model is to be manually fabricated corresponding with the focus of concurrent studio and design communication subjects.

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FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of design procedures, systems and the history of design methods (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1.i). 2. Demonstrate an understanding of design precedent, critique, analysis and movements in design theory (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1.ii). 3. Demonstrate an ability to gather information and apply analysis and critical judgment (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.2.v). 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between environment, materials and structure (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.2.1.viii). 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and theory of Western, non-western, regional and indigenous architecture (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.3.1.ii). 6. Demonstrate an ability to inform action through knowledge of historical and cultural precedents in architecture (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.3.2.ii). 7. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and practice of urban design and issues of city planning (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 8. Demonstrate an ability to effect action or communicate ideas through the exercise of skills of collaboration, speaking, writing, drawing, modelling and evaluation (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.2.i).

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