Nineteenth-Century Architecture - ARCH5510

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Gerald Adler checkmark-circle


This course will enable the student to learn through a series of detailed thematic and historical investigations how a number of specific important aspects and events in architectural history have changed the way in which we experience the built environment and, also, to appreciate the responsibility of all architects and designers towards the societies in which they live. Its focus is the nineteenth century. Students will be assessed in the form of an examination which will draw on material researched through guided casework study. Typical forms of historic building technologies will be discussed, together with their relevance to current technologies.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 13 hours
Private Study Hours: 137 hours
Total Study Hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Cultural Context Examination (3 hours) (100%)

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bergdoll, Barry. (2000). European architecture 1750-1890. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Davey, Peter. (1995). Arts and crafts architecture. London: Phaidon.
Pevsner, Nikolaus. (1960). Pioneers of modern design. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 A developed knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
2 A developed knowledge of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture
3 A knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
4 A knowledge of the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture
5 An understanding of the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of design proposals
6 A detailed understanding of some significant historical episodes in architectural history and an ability to draw from these episodes an understanding of abstract
architectural principles
7 An understanding of the role of buildings and interiors outside architectural history, for example in social and economic history

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 An ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
2 An ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions at a reasonably developed level in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured
discourse relating to architectural culture, theory and design
3 An ability to write clearly, using academic conventions and appropriate illustrations in a well-designed format


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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