History of Architecture


Dr.-Ing. Peter Schneider
Dr.-Ing. Elke Richter


Monday, week (AB), 13:45 - 15:15, 1. meeting: 08.10.2018
Building LG 2B, BU.16
Whole day exercises: 09./10.11.2018 and 23./24.11.2018, 09:30 - 17:00
Excursion: 25.01.2019

Study Program:

module (6 CP)
World Heritage Studies - Master - PO 2006 and PO 2008
module 11377


Architectural history is as complex as its object is: The design of a building reflects cultural, social and political surrounding as much as their function, economic aspects and the conditions of its proper site. Especially for a beginner in architectural history, it is hard to understand the interrelations between e.g. design process, construction schemes, basic needs, typological considerations and formal frameworks. Being aware of these interrelations is essential to estimate the multitude of aspects of historical development or significance connected both to a single edifice and to a larger series of buildings. The module therefore attempts to develop a basic understanding of these interrelations and of basic concepts in architecture and its historiography following the analysis of two case studies: the allegedly well-known Neues Museum at Berlin and a reputedly insignificant Campus building at BTU.
Several minor exercises and a larger field-exercise at Cottbus will show on a basic level how to analyse and how to document a historically significant building, at the same time preparing the participants for the final exam.