Course syllabus

Arkitekturens teori och historia I
The Theory and History of Architecture I

ATHA01, 7 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-20

General Information

Main field: Architecture.
Compulsory for: A1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course aims to introduce an overview and awareness of the fundamental questions of architecture's theoretical and historical foundations; what an architect does, what architecture is, and how it can be examined analyzed and described. It also aims to train the ability to see, measure and graphically describe an existing building. As the first in a series, the course will also convey the importance of an active and critical attitude towards architectural practice and architecture as a discipline. At the same time, the course will; through examples presented by guest lecturers discuss the world of contemporary architecture and  the scope and challenges of the architectural profession.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is able to explain the main features of architectural and urban history.
• Is able to describe some basic methods of investigation, analysis and description of architecture and places.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is able to perform basic architectural analysis.
• Is able to perform simple measurements and produce graphic documentation of existing buildings.
• Is able to make a simple presentation, using the basic methods of architecture analysis, to describe an architectural work or site.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

To be formally approved, the student must demonstrate that he/she:
• Is able to demonstrate a basic awareness of architecture and the architectural profession's historical and theoretical context.


The course provides a basic orientation in the subject material - related to a timeline; where we will examine key architectural works, and investigate the associated body of architectural thinking; thereby , providing an historical overview. The subsequent courses in architectural theory and history will make reference to the timeline identified in the initial course. At the same time contemporary architecture is introduced as a series of lectures and exercises: The course involves the study of selected key works; individual architectural works, building types and urban environments. The course examines fundamental questions with regard to the role and profession of the architect. We will in addition examine the evolution of the architectural profession. The fundamental tenets of architecture are described and discussed; with reference to both historical and current approaches. Analytical methods that can be used in the applied architecture courses, are introduced, practiced and discussed. The course includes lectures, seminars, excursions, practical exercises and writing tasks.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: To be formally approved, the student must attain a passing grade in all exercises, and maintain not less than 80% attendance at tutorials and lectures.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Contact and other information

Director of studies: Mats Hultman,