3602236: Perception for Architects 1

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Semester:WS 13/14
Type:Lecture / Exercise
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:24.0 L / 18.0 h
Self-directed study time:21.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2008)


Each lecture examines one representational technique from its origins to its contemporary application.They will range from the emergence of drawing as an empirical instrument to more abstract representations in form of prints and paintings. Further, the use of photography, cinematography as well as collages and montages as mass media are examined. The role of text and graphics in architecture will be discussed before examining the notions of interface, interactivity and diagram in the context of architectural design, mediation and production.
This term, special attention will be paid to architectural magazines and their influence on architectural production in the second half of the 20th century. Through analysis of content and appearance we will try to contextualise the findings into today's architectural debate through our own magazine.

Lecture Goals

This lecture course is designed to offer students a theoretical context for their visual outputs in their relative Design Studios. It is set within the realm of visual perception and phenomenology and illustrated with a series of case studies of architectural representations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • A broad knowledge of representation techniques in architecture and their impact on the built architecture in a historical context
  • Demonstrate the ability to work and discuss with other students for seminar presentations and readings
  • 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 representing architecture.

Common output: an architectural magazine developed in class

Lectures Method

Lecture, seminar.

Admission Requirements

The course is part of the module Theory I in the concentration Design Theory of the Master of Science Degree-Program. It is also an elective course for the concentrations Sustainable Design and Urbanscape.

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


  • List of readings provided by the lecturer

Exam Modalities

  • Seminar presentations
  • Group and individual submissions


The course has 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.

Theory of Architecture 1 33%
History of Architecture 1 33%
Perception for Architects 1 33%

Course code: designates the code used for the course in the university's course catalog. Please note that this code is generated automatically by the university's administrative system.
WS: winter semester
SS: summer semester


16.09.201313:30 - 16:45H4
23.09.201313:30 - 16:45H4
30.09.201313:30 - 16:45H4
07.10.201315:30 - 18:30H4
14.10.201313:30 - 16:45H4
21.10.201313:30 - 16:45H4


  • PAR_MA Perception for Architects 1 (WS 13/14, bewertet)