History and theory

Description

This explores the history, meaning and social significance of the built environment, and how it both reflects and shapes human circumstances, needs and aspirations

Staff:

Prof. Robert Rukwaro - Thematic Head

Courses:

Course Code: BAR 104

Course Title: HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE 2                                                45 Hrs.

Objective of the Course: To provide students with insight on analytical themes in traditional art and architecture of the sub-Saharan Africa and new forms and directions in African architecture.

Course Outline: Lectures and presentations to students in analytical themes in traditional art and architecture of the sub-Saharan Africa; technology in African architecture Role of culture and symbolism in the development of built-form in African settlements; new forms and directions in African architecture; sustainability of the built environment within the wider socio-economic context.

Learning Methods: Series of lectures and presentations which include assignments

Evaluation Method: The students are expected to carry out written assignments, case studies or exercises and sit for a continuous assessment test(s)

Final Examination: At the end of semester students are to sit for a two hour written examination

Learning Resources: Students are expected to refer to The Theory of architecture: concepts, themes & practices by Johnson, Paul-Alan, Architecture : an introduction to the history and theory of the art of building by Lethaby, William Richard, Incidence and symmetry in design and architecture by Baglivo, Jenny Antoinette

Course Code: BAR

Course Code: BAR 203

Course Title: HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE 3                         45 Hrs.

Objective of the Course: To introduce students aspects of Western architecture and urbanism from the earliest times until the end of Middle Ages as well as theories behind the origin of the modern movement.

Course Outline: Lectures to cover characteristics of western architecture and urbanism from the earliest times until the end of the Middle Ages; the theories behind the origin of the modern movement emphasising the various interpretations of functionalism and its opposition, e.g. art deco, classicism.

Learning Methods: Lectures and presentations

Evaluation Method: The students are expected to carry out written assignments, case studies or exercises and sit for a continuous assessment test(s)

Final Examination: At the end of semester students are to sit for a two hour written examination

Learning Resources: Students are expected to refer to Architecture : an introduction to the history and theory of the art of building by Lethaby, William Richard, A History of architecture by Statham, Henry Heathcote, A History of architectural development by Simpson, Frederick Moore

Course Code: BAR 204

Course Title: HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE 4                         45 Hrs.

Objective of the Course: To elaborate to students the architectural history from seventeenth century to the beginning of the modern movement.

Course Outline: Lectures on the industrial revolution and its effects on the planning and architecture of cities; rebirth of city planning, New materials and processes. Revivals in Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Werkbund, The Chicago School etc; the Bauhaus, De Still, Futurism, C.I.A.M., Team X and the International style, Works of Modern masters; Frank .L.Wright., Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn Alva Aalto etc. 20th century architecture and western urbanism from neo-classicism to the present.

Learning Methods: Lectures 

Evaluation Method: The students are expected to carry out written assignments, exercises and sit for a continuous assessment test(s)

Final Examination: At the end of semester students are to sit for a two hour written examination

Learning Resources: Students are expected to refer to Architecture : an introduction to the history and theory of the art of building by Lethaby, William Richard, The history, theory, and criticism of architecture; papers, edited by Marcus Whiffen. With a foreword by Buford L. Pickens

Alumni:

  • Arch. Kamau Karogi
  • Arch. Jareed Odwallo

Career opportunities.

 Examples of areas where B.A.S. graduates could offer their services include:

  • Marketing consultants for firms within the industry
  • Various positions within Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Architectural journalism
  • Advisory roles in a wide range of institutions (Financial, Policy making, etc)
  • Teaching
  • Design – within a limited scope
  • Other responsibilities of similar magnitude within the economy.

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