3803075: Architectural Design Theory - Courses I

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Semester:WS 14/15
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:90.0 L / 67.5 h
Self-directed study time:82.5 h


  • Approaches to theoretical topics of particular relevance to the semester through notional explanations, discussions and clarifications, and based on the reading of key texts from the sciences and the arts
  • Historiographical discussion of the 'making of architectural history and theory'; notes on the making of history in architecture from various perspectives, such as political, economical, sociological, philosophical, and cultural.
  • Introduction and construction of archives of perceptual impressions from the physical/neurological domain, and their interpretations through the cognitive sector through models, speculations and concepts, building on the primary biological developments.

Lecture Goals

The module Courses Design Theory I seeks to establish the theoretical foundations for the concentration Design Theory.
The topics for the first semester center on issues regarding the theoretical planning and construction of space proper considering notions such as typology, morphology and style; the discussion of the historical emergence of the concept of 'architectural' space as a product of social constructivist processes, considering the impact of ideological, political, and ecomical forces; an introduction to the 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • knowledge on the humanistic currents through the reading of selected literature
  • An understanding of the history of architecture reinterpreted considering political, sociological, and economical aspects.
  • An insight into the structure and the workings of the outer organs of perception and perception in general.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with other students for assignments, readings and protocols.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms.
  • Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas concerning the various fields discussed in this module, and the ability to integrate these aspects in their individual design thinking and work.

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.

  • Architectural Theory 33%
  • History of Architecture 1 33%
  • Cognitive Science for Architects 1 33%