KA4023 - An Introduction to Interior Architecture History & Theory

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What will I learn on this module?

Through this module you will be introduced to the historical categories and theoretical stances which govern the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Architecture. The chronological exposure to the main phenomena of the Architecture of the Past will be paired with its main theoretical positions. Key works across from the Pre Greeks civilisation until the Industrial Revolution (more than thirty centuries) will be displayed, discussed and interpreted not as a mere sequence of ‘styles’ rather as a ‘continuum’ of experiences. An exciting journey through the developments, failures and great achievements and of both Architecture (as the principal discipline that relates to the creation of buildings) and Interior Architecture (as the disciplines which relates to its internal spaces). This module will be a great support, and a source of references for your Design projects.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is conceived as a choral experience. On one hand the lecturers will deliver the content as a sequential programme of lectures, on the other, your essential contribution will be to support them by group seminars and individual study; Exemplar case studies will generate discussions to explore theories and historical references.
In addition, design studio project tutorials will support the taught programme by contextualising the content and to assist the assimilation of knowledge to design project work. A wide range of visual material will be used to support the teaching programme and your understanding and appraisal of knowledge of the historical and theoretical developments of Architecture and Interior Architecture.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Direct participation to the lectures and seminar series is essential to fully enjoy the module. Discussions and formative feedback will be performed on a regular basis throughout the year. In addition, all the lectures and seminars presentations, relevant module information as well as general and specific bibliography will be always uploaded to the eLearning Portal (Blackboard). The whole content of the module will be then available remotely to suit your specific need to consult with it. Electronic submissions and uploads will facilitate the mapping of your understanding.

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?

You will be expected:

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. To Demonstrate the understanding of theories and fundamental principles to design processes within the class seminars and studio.
2. To Evaluate historical, cultural and environmental factors as tools and resources in building design.
3. To Appraise contrasting approaches to similar requirements in design.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. To Develop a personal frame work of information and references which can be used to articulate viewpoints and opinions regarding historical and modern influences on design, verbally, graphically and in writing.
2. To Develop a portfolio of architectural solutions based on historical references of tested validity.
3. To Develop an architectural vocabulary to express and describe your design principles and architectural and interior solutions using the correct terms of references.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1. To Develop an understanding of the phenomenological relationship between Architecture and Interior Architecture within the concepts and limits of Genius Loci and Zeit Geist.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be delivered in form of verbal feedback after the group presentation.

Summative assessment will take place in form of

- an illustrated written assignment (100%) which will display the personal reflections on a specific selected topic within the overall context of the programme.





Module abstract

This Module represents at the same time both an introduction to the concepts of history and theory applied to the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Architecture and a chronological promenade along more than thirty Centuries. Through the series of lectures, research-led group seminars, individual studies you will be able to understand, in an historical perspective, the achievements of the above disciplines. Key buildings and epochal shifts will be displayed, discussed and interpreted. The advancements of Architecture and Interior Architecture will be explained via both the main theoretical and cultural paradigms which governed a particular historical period and also through the structural and technological systems that different civilisations adopted over time. The outcome of this module will be an essential tool to contextualise your designs’ provenience and to fully enjoy the further History and Theory modules.

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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