Architectural theory : introduction

ltarc1102  2021-2022  Tournai

Architectural theory : introduction
3.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
Ethical issues and societal commitment , specific to the discipline of architecture:
  •     Scales of architecture: from housing to territory
  •     Contexts of architecture: built and undeveloped, cultural and historical
  •     Types and typologies: architecture, city, countryside, landscape
  •     Spatial and formal structures of architectural devices
  •     Materials of architectural devices
First introduction to the Vitruvian trinomial, founder of a posture in the West (founding role). What is its long-term effect, including the contemporary era?
Learning outcomes

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


Specific learning outcomes:
By the end of this first teaching unit on theory, students are able to
  • recognise the multi-dimensional nature of architecture and to place it in a material, social and cultural context.
  • make use of concepts from architecture such as space, place, light, measurement and order.
  • critically read, represent and analyse architectural projects (as a first step).
  • link and critically assess architectural expressions, definitions and theories of architecture (as a first step).
  • organise and classify conceptions of the world and built constructions in different situations and on different scales (as a first step).
  • adopt a committed and considered approach to the procedures involved in a project by formulating a critical and sensitive assessment appropriate to the particular environments, uses  and points of view (as a first step).
Contribution to the learning outcome reference framework:
Build knowledge of architecture
  • Be familiar with and analyse the basic references
  • Be able to use given references which, by analogy, can lead to other interpretations of the context
  • Develop and make use of knowledge in the discipline
Place the action
  • Recognise, observe and describe the targeted environments and contexts
  • Analyse the environments and contexts according to various given methods and starting from various identified points of view
Use the technical dimension
  • Observe and assess the main construction principles of a building
Express an architectural procedure
  • Express ideas clearly in oral, graphic and written form
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Architecture (Tournai)