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Histories and Theories of Architecture KDA241



Histories and Theories of Architecture 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 and their location within the chronology of the canon of Architecture. By undertaking focused research on a specified topic in architectural and design history, you will develop skills in critical inquiry and techniques of academic communication employing appropriate conventions in written, verbal and visual formats.


Unit name Histories and Theories of Architecture
Unit code KDA241
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Andrew Steen

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Identify precedents and their location within the chronology of the canon of Architecture.
ILO 2: Interrelate the objects of architectural production and their historical, cultural and discursive position.
ILO 3: Articulate a critical position informed by focused inquiry into a specified topic in architecture and design history and theory.
ILO 4: Situate architectural ideas by applying academic conventions within written, verbal and visual communications.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree core knowledge)
Ethics: Students consider multiple dimensions in developing a critical position, including an ethical dimension re inquiring into multiple, dominant and marginal histories, discourses and artefacts; assessed via digital folio in which this discursive diversity is exemplified (AT3)
Literacy: Students’ written expression is further developed through focused discussion of architectural precedents and their contexts; assessed via small-scale exegesis (AT2)



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 040101

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KDA143 and KDA144


Teaching Pattern

Lecture - 2-hr weekly, Seminar - 1-hr weekly and Workshop - 3-hr (2)


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

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