Faculty: Architecture, Design & Planning

Department: Architecture

Unit coordinator: Dr Ross Anderson

Architectural History/Theory 1 (BDES1011)


Architectural History/Theory 1 introduces students to the discourse of architectural history and theory. It commences with a concise chronological survey of key periods of architectural history from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century, providing an overview of the scope of the field and establishing initial points of reference. It then changes focus to investigate more closely the ways in which particular architectural themes and ideas traverse across history, coming to the fore in certain periods and receding in others. Students will interrogate these themes in small groups through intense study of a single significant building, which they will research, document and illustrate in a written report, and re-construct in a suite of finely crafted scale models. They will be introduced to fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.

Further unit of study information


Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.


Participation and Written Reviews (50%), Research Reports (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics and HSC English Standard or equivalent



BDES1011: Architectural History/Theory 1

The full outline of this unit is not available via the CUSP system. More details about this unit may be found on the Sydney Courses system. Check BDES1011 for further information.