Critically articulate opinions based on an analysis of significant buildings.

History and Theories of Contemporary Architecture (ARCH366)

This course aims to develop student abilities to interpret architectural styles, visual representations of architectural works and to understand the theoretical, cultural and technical contexts of architectural production. The course reviews the impact of regional forms and traditions on early modern architecture and examines the architectural theories from its roots in early twentieth century modernism in America and Europe and on through its global expansion into various regions of the world, including the Arab world. The course reviews regional and local examples of the 20th and 21st century architecture to analyze and critique these formulations in terms of contextual reactions and people needs.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to :

  1. Identify various design principles and architectural theories for visual and built modes of representation.
  2. Recognize building architectural styles of the 20th and 21th century.
  3. Critically articulate opinions based on an analysis of significant buildings.
  4. Relate different building types to social and cultural contexts.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in working collaboratively in teams.


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