Critical Thinking in Architecture introduces students to the important role of criticality in architecture. Impelled by a series of lectures and seminal readings, students study the relationship between architectural design and architectural theory. They become familiar with key contemporary movements, ideas and protagonists, and come to understand the ways in which ideas that emerged in other areas of culture have been absorbed into architectural discourse. They become conversant with the underlying principles and foundational skills of scholarly research, including locating and critically evaluating sources, constructing arguments, and communicating ideas using graphic, spoken and written means of expression. Through exploration of the characteristics and concerns of differing written media, including books, articles, reports and essays, they recognise writing as a practice that is in part conditioned by every author's own circumstances and interests, opening up questions of objectivity and judgement. By critiquing contemporary architectural discourse in light of its historical, political, aesthetic, ethical and cultural circumstances, students develop capacities that make them capable of both understanding and challenging prevailing positions and practices in architecture.
seminar presentation (30%), critical essay (70%)