AAR4460 - Theory and History of Architecture C


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 50/100 4 hours E
Approved report 50/100

Course content

The course presents a general survey of the history of architectural theory with an emphasis on contemporary theoretical problems. The course combines historical and thematic approaches - ie it discusses individual problems in relation to the period in which they were dominant, simultaneously describing their earlier history, and in relation to the wider multidisciplinary context in which they were formulated. Theoretical problems are analysed in direct relation to studio and design problems, including the problems of ecology, sustainability and the reuse of old buildings. The final lectures of the course in particular address the theoretical models that have led to the rejection of more sustainable design approaches from the past and present ways to overcome such positions.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE The students will develop comprehensive understanding of major historical and contemporary theories of architecture and the philosophical world-views from which they derive. The candidate will acquire wide broad knowledge of architectural theory as a field. The students will acquire the ability to deal analytically with architectural theories and the built environment. The candidate will acquire knowledge about the methods of architectural representation through history. SKILLS The students will develop the ability to analyze and critically evaluate architectural ideas, theoretical positions, argumentational strategies, texts and works of architecture. The students will learn to recognize different argumentational strategies in architectural theory, their consequences and historical origins. The course emphasizes the development of the capacity to form insights into the consequences of different theoretical positions and their mutual compatibility. The approach implies training the students to carefully formulate theoretical positions and then analyze their relative strengths and weaknesses. GENERAL COMPETENCE The candidate will have the competence to analytically evaluate and discuss positions in architectural theory and their implications. The candidate will be able to place positions in architectural theory in the wider intellectual context from which they originate. The candidate will acquire comprehensive knowledge of the history of architectural theory. The students will develop the ability to take responsibility for their own learning and professional development and the ability to apply their knowledge to a new field. An important aim of the course is to develop students' writing and research skills as well as the ability to use professional, academic and research resources in relation to their writing and research. The students will learn how information can be found, and about the use of references.

Learning methods and activities

The course can be taught as a series of weekly lectures or as a block course.

Further on evaluation

Assessment consists of a written examination and a written assignment, each worth 50% of the final grade. The students must receive a passing grade in both parts in order to pass the course. The right to appeal the grade applies only after the final grade has been given. If a failing grade is received, the entire course must be repeated.

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

Completed the first two years of architectural education or equivalent.

Course materials

Course textbooks, related to the examination: Hanno Walter Kruft: History of Architectural Theory Branko Mitrovic: Philosophy for Architects Branko Mitrovic: Visuality for Architects The list of materials required for the completion of the written assignment will be given in relation to the topic.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Approved report 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 50/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 50/100 E 2024-01-30 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 7
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 79
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 36
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 37
SL323 Sluppenvegen 14 1
  • * 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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