Theory of Architecture : contemporary issues

ltarc2240  2017-2018  Tournai

Theory of Architecture : contemporary issues
3 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
  • Critical review of recent theories
  • Demonstration and testing of sequencing and materiality for conceptual ideas relating to architectural procedures
  • Siting contemporary work in relation to the classical tradition, modern and post-modern approaches

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Specific learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to

  • recall the concepts covered during the first years of study and deepen their thinking on architecture in relation to current society.
  • analyse the theoretical and spatial issued raised by contemporary architecture since 1950.
  • place this analysis in the framework of different schools of thinking which have contributed, since the post war period, to a critical reinterpretation of modern language and its theoretical foundation.
  • develop architectural criticism and self criticism to understand architectural works, particularly contemporary ones.

Contribution to the learning outcomes reference network:

Build knowledge of architecture

  • Be familiar with and analyse the discipline¿s basic references
  • Develop knowledge and become an active participant in the learning process


Make use of other subjects


  • Seek out other approaches, exchanges of views and ways of enhancing thinking about architecture
  • Bring all this back to the original discipline


Use the technical dimension

  • Observe and assess the main construction principles that give architecture a formal, material and temporal dimension

 Make committed choices

  • Make links between different methodological and epistemological perspectives



The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Architecture (Tournai)