3503156: Architectural Design Theory - Courses II

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Semester:SS 13
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:72.0 L / 54.0 h
Self-directed study time:96.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2008)


  • Discussion of manifestoes in Architecture and Urbanism with an explanation of architectural visions, and their reflection in photography and cinema.
  • The construction of ideologies and their impact on the making of architecture, discussing the 'making of architecture' from various perspectives, such as political, economical, sociological and cultural.
  • Architecture understood as a result of social behaviour, based on perception and cognition, and social observations developed as interactions between internalized archives and structures, and the result of using architecture.

Lecture Goals

The module Courses Design Theory II seeks to deepen the theoretical foundations elaborated in the module Theory I for the concentration Design Theory. The topics for the second semester center on issues regarding
the tectonic, urban, and artistic concepts that relate to the theoretical formulation and the making of architecture and the city. Furthermore, aspects of the construction of ideologies and their impact on the making of architecture considering various perspectives, such as political, economical, sociological and cultural will be discussed through the use of historical examples. The introduction of fundamental aspects of processes of perception that enable occupants of architectural spaces to mentally construct a representation of these spaces.

The aim is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and intellectual instruments to approach the problems discussed in the design project studios, and to foster their ability to consider these issues in their personal design thinking.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module each student should have the ability to demonstrate and/or work with:

  • An understanding of the critical relation that exists between the products of an epoch and the historical issues that determine it.
  • Confidence in analysing these historical examples of architectural buildings and/or urban structures and the ability to infer principles and motivations based on the careful reading of primary and secondary sources.
  • An understanding of language as social action and therefore architecture as an act of communication on a social level, considering the models of ontological and existential concepts in their reflections
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically assess their personal design practice and projects, and to root them within the contextual frameworks discussed in this course.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms.
  • Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas concerning the discipline of history and theory of architecture.

Lectures Method

Lectures, seminars.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Architecture Degree Program

Exam Modalities

  • The various assessment methods are discussed in the descriptions of the single courses.


All courses in the module have to be passed with a sufficient grade (minimum grade of 4.0).
The module grade will be determined from the weighted average of the single course grades.

Concepts in Architecture 33%
History of Architecture 2 33%
Cognitive Science for Architects 2 33%