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Overview This is an intensive course in the history and philosophy of architecture. Its fundamental premise is that architecture is a creative act dependent upon deep culturally embedded continuities. The course aims to situate architecture in the realm of culture as a crucial and primary phenomenon and to reconcile the tension between contemporary practice and theoretical investigations. Teaching and Resources The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, staff and student led seminars, and tutorials. In keeping with the ethos of the School, the teaching team of this course consists of staff who teach both design and historytheory. The main taught core of the course is divided in two parts: - ?History? aims to provide an intellectual mapping of architecture from antiquity to modernity, identifying its relevance to the contemporary situation, through the discussion of major turning points. - ?Philosophy and Critique? offers the opportunity to engage with philosophical discourses of the last hundred years, in the attempt to better understand the nature of architecture in contemporary culture. The main research component of the course consists of a 15,000 word dissertation, submitted at the end of the course. Staff Profiles and Research Course Director Dr Alexandra Stara is involved with design as well as history and theory teaching across the School. Was on sabbatical in 2005 to develop research relating to the major 'Self & the City' project of Essex University, as well as preparing a book of hermeneutic architectural history. Teaching Team includes: Christian Frost Teaches design studio in Diploma as well as history and theory across the School. Was on sabbatical in 2003-4 to progress a major research project on English medieval history and urbanism. Publications and conference papers linked to this project will be appearing in 20056. Trevor Garnham Member of Green Audit Research Group. Publications include, The Oxford Museum, Melsetter House and Saint Andrews Roker (Phaidon) Mythical Thinking and Neolithic Architecture - forthcoming (Tempus) Career opportunities student destinations The course is of immediate relevance to all architects ? from post-Part I to mature practitioners ? who realise the necessity of situating their practice in a rigorous and meaningful intellectual framework. At the same time, this course is an essential basis for all those ? architects or not ? who want to pursue work in architectural publishing, teaching and research. Entry requirements A good honours degree in Architecture or other relevant area such as Fine Art, Architectural History or other Humanities subjects Assessment The output of this course is entirely text-based. There is no design work involved. The main assessment consists of two 5.000 word essays, a formal seminar presentation and a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation. Other coursework, in the form of reviews, presentations and shorter essays, is assigned for research methods and option modules. There are no examinations.

Overview This is an intensive course in the history and philosophy of architecture. Its fundamental premise is that architecture is a creative act dependent upon deep culturally embedded continuities. The course aims to situate architecture in the realm of culture as a crucial and primary phenomenon and to reconcile the tension between contemporary practice and theoretical investigations....

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