AAR4430 - History of Architecture and Architectural Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 1/2 3 hours D
Written examination 1/2 3 hours D

Course content

The historical and social basis for building.
Historic technology and use of materials in building.
Elements of form and how they are connected in form systems.
Historic theories of architecture.

In the autumn term, the architectural history of the European and Western culture is taught. The spring term concentrates on Norwegian and Nordic architecture until c. 1960, and a.o. Nordic traditions of building in wood.

Learning outcome

A wide understanding of the history of the built environment as related to theory, technology and social conditions. Extensive aesthetic experience prepared for application in his or her work.The candidate will acquire extensive experience based knowledge of the relationship between architectural representation at different levels of abstraction and concrete built architecture, cities and towns that are in use over time.
Knowledge of the most important buildings and building types from antiquity through the 1950s in the Western cultural sphere, and the central themes in architectural theory in this time span.
Knowledge of the historic types of form elements and their systemic connections.

A general understanding of the historical and social conditions and prerequisites for building activity and its theoretical framework, and historic building technology and use of materials.
The candidate will be able to evaluate and recognise quality in architectural works, cities, designs and plans, including his or her own work, and follow developments of such evaluations in his or her professional work.
The candidate will be able to orientate him- or herself within and contribute to research and development within the field and will be able to apply this knowledge in the critique of architecture and plans.

Have acquired an overview of the chronology of the history of architecture.
Recognize traits of continuity in the historic repertoire of forms.
Recognize and identify the precursors of theoretical stances in architecture.
The candidate will develop the ability to mediate architectural work, both to specialists and to the general public, in professional and in academic setting.
The candidate will learn to take responsibility for his or her own learning will be able to apply his or her knowledge to another field.
The candidate will be able to reflect critically about his or her own work and shape new frames of reference.
In his or her practice of the discipline, the candidate will be able to reflect and position his or her contribution in relation to ethical problems.
The candidate will develop him- or herself as a human being and a responsible citizen through the work in the field and participation in the collective.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, excursions and private study (syllabus). All excursions are voluntary, and alternatives for the students who do not participate in the excursion will be provided. Students who participates, have to finance the excursion themselves

Further on evaluation

The examination is organised in two parts: international architectural history and Norwegian architectural history. Each is worth 50% of the final grade. The examination in international history is held at the end of the Fall semester or in the beginning of the Spring semester. The examination in Norwegian architectural history is held at the end of the Spring semester.

Students must pass both examinations (international and norwegian/nordic) in order to pass the course. In the case of a re-sit exam, the student will need to re-sit the entire exam including the international and Norwegian parts.

The right to complain applies only after the final grade has been given.

Postponed exams are usually scheduled for the next exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)

Required previous knowledge

The first year of architectural study, or similar education, is required

Course materials

Textbooks, compendia

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 1/2 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 1/2 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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