5210038: Building Cultures

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Semester:WS 21/22
Scheduled in semester:1-4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Self-directed study time:69.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)


This module provides an overview and a comparative analysis of specific building cultures. It defines parameters forming a building culture, provides a historical overview and identifies definitions of building cultures and their role in contributing to the formation of identities. Building cultures are not only assessed according to their architectural output, but also analysed and understood within their social, economic and environmental context. Different Architecture languages must be experienced as part of a general cultural discourse. The course will encourage students to actively investigate the specificities of different cultures, positions and tools as necessary components for a conscious architectural attitude. Beside lectures and excursions the students will be actively participate to the shaping of the module through short presentations and essays.


    • Develop the comprehensive understanding of major historical and contemporary theories of architecture, planning and the philosophical world-views from which they derive.
    • Acquire the ability to deal analytically with architectural theories and built environment.
    • Be able to place positions in architectural theory in the wider intellectual context from which they originate.
    • Communicate and articulate ideas and information fluently in English language and work comprehensively in visual, oral and written forms.
    • Show confidence in analysing case studies in their historical and theoretical context.
    • Learn how information can be found, and about the use of references.
    • Analyse and critically evaluate architectural ideas, theoretical positions, argumentational strategies, texts and works of architecture
    • Develop writing and research skills as well as the capacity to use professional, academic and research resources in relation to their project.
    • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral presentations, writing or visual communication
    • Gain confidence in own role and the persuasive and accountable manner in which it is expected to be performed.

Lectures Method

exercises, research, writing, case study


Literature lists are issued and updated each semester

Exam Modalities

Paper, Portfolio, exercises, minimum 70% mandatory presence, continuous assessment


  • PAR MA 19_Building Cultures (WS 21/22, in Planung)