AAR4430 - History of Architecture and Architectural Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination - final grade
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written examination - autumn 1/2 3 hours D
Written examination - spring 1/2 3 hours D

Course content

The course is a general survey of architectural history and elements of architectural theory. European and Western architectural history, together with some non-Western architectural traditions are taught in one semester, while Norwegian and Nordic architectural history are taught in another semester. Through the study of architectural history in their second year the students acquire elementary knowledge that is necessary for their engagement with historical buildings. In addition to providing a general perspective on the history of the discipline, the course thus supports their training in architectural heritage preservation and is closely tied with design and studio courses that teach this material. This aspect of the course is increasingly gaining significance because of its implications for the sustainability of the environment and the importance of addressing the reuse of historical buildings in architectural education.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: The candidate will acquire general knowledge of the history of architecture and some related theoretical problems. This includes the knowledge of the most important buildings and building types and works of the most prominent architects from prehistoric times to 2000 CE. SKILLS: The candidate will be able to recognise, stylistically classify and evaluate architectural works, buildings and approaches to design. GENERAL COMPETENCE: The candidate will have acquired the overview of the chronology and stylistic developments in the history of architecture. The candidate will be able to recognize the stylistic repertoire of forms and will be able to mediate architectural works both to specialists and the general public.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, excursions and private study (syllabus).

The teacher will inform students at the start of the semester if there will be an obligatory or voluntary excursion. Obligatory excursions are free of cost for all students while students who participate in voluntary excursions will be expected to pay an individual sum. Students who choose not to participate in the voluntary excursion will be offered an alternative teaching plan.

Further on evaluation

The course has two grading events (examinations) that separately cover international architectural history and Norwegian architectural history. These examinations are held at the end of the semesters in which the respective material is taught. Exceptionally, the examination pertaining to the first semester of the course may be placed at the beginning of the second semester.

Each examination is worth 50% of the final grade. Students must pass both examinations (international and Norwegian-Nordic) in order to pass the course.

The right to appeal the grade applies only when the final grade is 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 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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 - final grade

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination - autumn 1/2 D 2023-12-20 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 80
Spring ORD Written examination - spring 1/2 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written examination - autumn 1/2 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written examination - spring 1/2 D PAPIR
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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