Twentieth Century Architecture - ARCH5560

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module focusses upon key buildings, sites, and urban designs beginning chronologically in the 1890s, and concluding at the end of the twentieth century. Students will be introduced to these key projects, their designers, and the relevant cultural and theoretical contexts through lectures and readings, primarily following a chronological order. The geographic scope will be international. There is one required textbook for the course, which will be used to structure the lectures and the final exam. Discussion sessions with students will aim to prepare them for the final exam, which will consist of short essay answers.


Contact hours

Total contact time: 15
Total Private Study: 135
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay (approx. 3,000 words) (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Required Primary Text
Curtis, W. J. R. (1996) Modern Architecture since 1900. London: Phaidon.

Indicative Reading List
Borden, I. and Ruedi, K. (2006). The Dissertation: An architectural student's handbook. Architectural
Students Handbooks: Oxford and Burlington MA
Colquhoun, A. (2002). Modern Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Forty, A. (2000) Words and Buildings. London: Thames & Hudson
Frampton, K. (2007). Modern Architecture: a critical history. London: Thames & Hudson
Mallgrave, H. F. and Goodman, D. (2011). An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the present. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

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 knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
2 A knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
3 An awareness of cultural theories and their relevance to twentieth century design
4 A knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of key twentieth century designers

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

1 An ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural culture,
theory and design
2 An ability to research historical and theoretical topics


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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