Architectural History/Theory 2 (BDES2021)


Architectural History/Theory 2 offers a critical examination of the developments of modern architecture in design, theory, spatial programming and construction technology, as well as its social and environmental effects across the world from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. It provides a broad overview of diverse approaches to modern architecture and rethinks critically how they have advanced different architectural propositions about modern ways of dwelling and building under a constellation of social and cultural conditions. By exposing students to a variety of theoretical issues, this unit of study aims to enhance students' capability to reflect on the values embedded in design, and to develop their understanding of the intertwined relationship between space, society and power.

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.


Attendance, discussions and weekly proformas (25%), group research presentation and building analysis (25%), final research essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.