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Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Theory units focus on establishing and enhancing students’ capacity to think with clarity and rigour to ensure solid bases for research inquiry and design practice. At Intermediate level, these units provide foundational understandings of the history and lived spaces of architecture and built environments.

Architecture Theory: The Canon focuses on the development of core knowledge and critical understanding of the canon of Architecture. Through lectures, self-directed research and interactive seminars and workshops you will explore, discuss and critique the relationships between the objects of architectural production and their historical, cultural and discursive position. You will develop knowledge of key precedents, their historical position within the canon of Architecture, and the basis for their canonical significance (including associated debates). The relationship of these debates to contemporary positions will be critically explored. By undertaking focused research on a specified topic in architectural history, you will develop skills in critical inquiry and techniques of academic communication employing appropriate conventions in written, verbal and visual formats.

Summary 2021

Unit name Architecture Theory: The Canon
Unit code KDA241
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

David Beynon

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Identify precedents and their location within the chronology of the canon of Architecture


Interrelate the objects of architectural production and their historical, cultural and discursive position


Articulate a critical position informed by focused inquiry into a specified topic in architecture and design history and theory


Situate architectural ideas by applying academic conventions within written, verbal and visual communications




KDA138 and KDA140 and KDA143 and KDA144


Teaching Pattern

1 x 120 minute lecture weekly, 1 x 60 minute seminar weekly and 2 x 180 minute workshops


AT1 – Objects + Positions Seminar (30%)
AT2 – Documentation of Process (30%)
AT3 – Visual Essay (40%)

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