Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Architectural History, Theory and Criticism

Stage I

ARCHHTC 102
15 Points

ARCHHTC 102G
15 Points

Modern Architecture and Urbanism

Examines through case studies the cultural contexts that shaped the development of architecture, urban design, landscape and the environment during the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the historical developments that influenced changes in style and the theoretical contexts that shaped attitudes towards inhabitation, social organisation, national identity, and cultural self-expression, amongst other things.

Restriction: ARCHHTC 100

Stage II

ARCHHTC 235
10 Points

Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism

Examines late modern, postmodern and contemporary architecture and urbanism. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of buildings, projects and developments that have the potential to inform contemporary architectural design, and on the reading and writing of architectural criticism.

Prerequisite: ARCHHTC 102 or 102G, or ARCHHTC 100 and 101

ARCHHTC 236
10 Points

Introduction to Architectural Theory

An introduction to architectural and urban theory with emphasis on significant developments in the modern and postmodern periods. Introduction to the contribution of architectural theory to an understanding of the phenomenon of architecture, of architectural design practice and of the problems that architecture and urbanism must solve in the early twenty-first century.

Prerequisite: ARCHHTC 102 or 102G, or ARCHHTC 100 and 101

ARCHHTC 237
15 Points

Rise of the City

Analyses through selected case studies the rise of settlements, towns and cities from pre-history to the late nineteenth century CE. Distinctions are drawn between the broad range of cultural and building traditions across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, Europe and the Americas, with respect to conceptual preoccupations, structural and spatial ideas and building use.

Prerequisite: ARCHHTC 102

Restriction: ARCHHTC 339

Stage III

ARCHHTC 339
10 Points

Premodern Architecture and Urbanism

Through case studies from architecture's origins to the end of the eighteenth century, this course examines a broad range of cultural landscapes, rural and urban ensembles, architecture and its interiors, ornamental and iconographic programmes, and architectural texts. Distinctions between the conceptual preoccupations, spatial and structural ideas and their use will be drawn for a wide variety of cultural and building traditions.

Prerequisite: ARCHHTC 235 and 236, or 202 and 230

ARCHHTC 340
10 Points

Oceanic Architecture and Urbanism

Examines the development of architecture and its contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific, including origins, historical influences, key architects and buildings, identity and changing priorities.

Prerequisite: ARCHHTC 235 and 236, or 202 and 230

ARCHHTC 341
15 Points

Worlds of Architecture

Critically examines through thematic case studies the role of architecture as an agent and outcome of significant cultural forces that continue to have influence beyond modernism. Themes include postmodern architectural theories, the extension and suppression of power and authority through architecture, and architecture’s role in globalisation. Case studies reference New Zealand, Māori, Asia-Pacific, North American and European experiences of architecture.

Prerequisite: ARCHHTC 235 and 236, or 237

ARCHHTC 374
10 Points

Directed Study

Topics approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning.

ARCHHTC 375
10 Points

Elective Study

Topics approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning.

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