KA5004 - Historical and Contemporary Influences on Architectural Design

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module, you will be presented with the histories and theories of architecture emerging from the industrial revolution, and progressing through the various manifestations of Modernism, culminating in the modern day. Key case study buildings, architects and movements presented, discussed and evaluated in terms of their influence and approaches. The recent histories of Architecture and Interior Architecture will be considered through built examples, as well as by visionary projects and the theoretical concepts, theories and paradigms emerging from this era. The scope of this module will extend to fine arts, urban design, and technological advances emerging during this period. Learning will be contextualised through practical application to studio design projects, as well as through experiential learning through the second year field study visit to a European or National city.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with a series of scheduled lectures, delivered by a team of thematic specialists from the architecture department. You will be encouraged to apply your independent learning skills in order to manage your academic progress, as well as to systematically develop your personal interests and approaches to architectural design and theory. Your learning will support your development of design studio projects; these will enable you to contextualise this module’s taught content and to apply relevant theories and knowledge to design project work. A wide range of visual materials, images, and diagrams will be used to support the module, supporting your personal development in effectively communicating concepts and principles, drawn from key precedents in the historical development of Architecture and Interior Architecture.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your active participation with the lecture and seminar series is critical to successful engagement with this module. Group and individual discussions and presentations will provide you with opportunities for formative feedback throughout the year. Feedback on summative assignments will provide you with critical guidance towards the further development of your academic skills and knowledge. Directed learning will also support your academic self-development and interests. In addition, lecture and seminar presentations, plus supporting texts and media, will be uploaded to the eLearning Portal (Blackboard, enabling you to access information as required; our open door policy provides another level of academic support. The university library not only stocks the texts associated with this module, but provides you with guidance on a wide range of academic study skills and services.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
KU 1. Articulate knowledge and evaluation of a range of historical and theoretical principles and precedents from architecture and the wider arts
KU 2. Apply theories and principles from the history of architecture and the wider arts to scholarly argument and critical synthesis

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Apply academic skills of research, study and evaluation to the development of critical scholarship
IPSA 2. Develop skills of academic writing and architectural communications to communicate theories, concepts and learning.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. Appreciate the wider influence of artistic, societal, cultural and technological developments on Architecture

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within each seminar and will be delivered in form of verbal and drawn feedback after the group presentation, as well as through informal class and individual discussions.

Summative assessments will take place both in the forms of
1. One 2500 word Written Assignment (70%) on a selected subject based topic taken from the lectures and seminars programme.
(MLO: KU1, KU2, KU3, IPSA1, PVA1)
2. One Exam (30%) to capture the essential historical facts and events discussed in the lecture and seminar programme.
(MLO: KU1, KU2, KU3)

Feedback will be in written form and of the final written assignment, to aid individual development and learning.

Please see the ‘Summative Assessment‘ section for more details.





Module abstract

This taught module provides you with a comprehensive oversight of theories, principles, provenance, development and influence of key movements in Architecture and Interior Architecture. Case study buildings, seminal designs, and notable individuals will be analysed and discussed within this panoramic overview. A series of lectures, research-led group seminars and individual studies will enable you to understand, evaluate and communicate your developing historical and theoretical perspective, and to ultimately apply this knowledge to your design proposals. The contemporary movements of Architecture and Interior Architecture will be contextualised by reference to this history and theory. Through examinations, you will demonstrate your breadth of knowledge emerging from the content of this module. A summative written assignment will provide you with an exercise to demonstrate self-directed inquiry, and a personal standpoint through a critical, rigorous and academic essay.

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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