Course syllabus

Arkitektur- och byggteknikhistoria
History of Architecture and Civil Engineering

ABVA01, 6 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED A
Date of Decision: 2021-04-13

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYA1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The purpose of the course is to mediate a basic knowledge of the history of Western, European and Nordic architecture from Antiquity until modern times, with particular emphasis on interplay between form and tectonics. Its aim is also to illuminate buildings’ particularities and materials, and the skills of artisans exhibited by them, as well as their maintenance, preservation and renewal. The workplace training aims to mediate knowledge of the skills needed and performed on a building site.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


The course addresses the development of the history of architecture by focusing on examples of its generally acknowledged masterpieces. They are considered initially with regard to their form, style and techniques; their material and contributions to them by artisans are studied by considering their various details. The maintenance and renewal of the stock of buildings is considered, as well as the technical principles applied in modern maintenance and restoration. The focus of the course on architectural history, building materials and construction will be applied in an assignement which will be performed as a group work.

The weight of emphasis of the course lies on the development of Western architecture, and the manner of building in southern Sweden and Denmark. The course considers buildings of a public character, those exhibiting the work of well-known leading architects and also popular buildings.

The development of building technology and its influence on architectural form is given particular attention.

Conservation is presented by considering the heritage of buildings and its preservation and renewal. The basics of making cultural-historical evaluations are studied, together with the particular techniques used in older buildings. Principles for restoration and renewal are studied through scrutinizing examples.

A planned excursion to one or more interesting architectural sites is preceded by relevant seminar discussions.

The workplace practical consists of one week study visit in smaller groups which will be followed-up by a seminar.

Any costs for excursions are to be paid by the student.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Passed written examination, approved project, literature assignments and AFU-exercise, and at least 80% attendance at tutorials and 100% attendance at study visits.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: History of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0217. Name: Work Related Training.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ingela Pålsson Skarin,