Class Introduction to Architectural Theory and History I

  • Presentation


    The Curricular Unit takes the purpose of a deepening to the theoretical issues related with the though on
    the architectural artifact, incurring therefore, on a differentiation between theory as a persistent given and
    history as a transient phenomenon.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    The topics to be developed relate to the understanding, from the point of view of form, function,
    construction and program of iconic buildings that served and serve as reference for the construction of an
    architectonic repertoire that every architect should possess.
    For this purpose a reference shall be made to the context, the program and the environment in which the
    architectural work is placed, as well as to their physical characteristics - mass, structure, surface and
    materials - as well as the spatial dimension, scale, light and movement and also to issues related to
    constructive aspects, namely manufacturing and pre-fabrication. Pre-existences will also be referred, as
    well as the relationship with the environment where these works are situated, whether urban or

  • Objectives


    The curricular unit of Introduction to Theory and History of Architecture II presents itself as a second
    approach to the disciplinary foundations of architecture. In this sense, the aim is to give continuity to the
    course taught in Theory and History of Architecture curriculum. First, students are expected to familiarize
    themselves with the multiple architectural achievements and become familiar with iconic works that have
    proved to be fundamental to the history of architecture. Secondly, it should also to contribute to the
    formation of a repertoire of works that, by its exemplarity, constitutes a collection of project and work
    solutions that, over time, have structured the discipline.Instrumental skills: in data analysis and synthesis;
    oral and written communication; information management.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The subject of Introduction to Theory and History of Architecture II presents lessons of both theoretical
    and practical_nature. The lectures are essentially expository, seeking to fulfill the contents in the syllabus.
    For these classes are used teaching resources available at ULHT suited for the dynamic, sequential and
    structured presentation of images. The practical classes are undertaken in the form of Discussion Groups
    on the topics covered in the lectures, or of follow-up of the work for the making of the monograph. The
    Discussion Groups are intended to relate, in a thoughtful way, disciplinary content, the systematization or
    originality of the proposed work and the relevance of the topics covered. The evaluation consists of a
    work of synthesis and a final test, each item with a weight correspondently of 40% and 50% on the final
    mark. Participation and attendance take on a value of 10%.

  • References


    • SIMITICH, Andrea e Val Warke (2014) The Language of Architecture ¿ 26 principles Every
      Architect Should Know , Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers.
    • SOLÁ-MORALES, Ignasi de et alii (200) Introducción a la arquitectura ¿ Conceptos
      fundamentales , Barcelona: Ediciones UPC.
    • UNWIN, Simon (2015) Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand , London:


  • Office Hours

    Office Hours

    Nome do docente  

    Horário de atendimento


    João Borges da Cunha

    Terças-feira, 16:00

    Espaço Professor







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