School of Architecture: Project Brief
Award: Bachelor of Architecture with Honours
Stage: (1,2,3,4,PG) 2
Project Title: Essay
Duration: Term 3
Issue Date: Thursday, 28 January 2010
Students needing advice can consult tutors by
Submission Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2010
An illustrated and fully referenced essay about
2000 words long
Tutors: Ian Campbell and Margaret Stewart
Module Ref: AR080006
Module Title: Architectural Theories and Philosophies
LEARNING OUTCOMES CONTRIBUTED TO BY THIS PROJECT
display awareness and understanding of key
aspects of one or more of the
philosophies/ideologies discussed in the lectures.
2 display critical faculty in discussing a key aspect of
3 display skills in writing and verbal communication.
Write an Essay of around 2000 words chosen from list below. Deadline.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010: 12 noon. To be submitted by Moodle. Name your
document in the following fashion: campbellccx2002essay.doc. File formats:
Word documents or pdfs. Not .wps.
For guidance on writing see the Student Services online guide:
Remember that Harvard style (author-date) text references and bibliographies are
now standard for academic writing across eca. Remember that you should
support quotations, both direct and indirect, and paraphrases of an author’s
views by a text reference. You will be marked down if you do not follow these
Can architects maintain the integrity of an urban fabric, without resorting
to pastiche? Discuss with especial reference to contemporary examples in
Analyse a building or area known to you personally using either a
Structuralist, a Deconstructionist or a Phenomenological approach.
Choose one or more of the writers from the reading list and discuss one or
more of their writings in relation to architecture or urban design. Include at
least three quotes in your essay, and show how well (or not) they can be
applied to our understanding of the built environment, giving specific
Compare and contrast the theories and works of the 18th-century
Rationalists with those of the 20th-century Rationalists.
Using two or three examples from any periods of history, discuss how the
architects have responded to the particularity of place from a
Analyse a specific building, or group of buildings, that you have direct
knowledge of, according to one of the following perspectives:
Is Phenomenology too subjective an undertaking to have any place in the
creation of a social architecture? Explain the difficulties and possible
Is Sustainability the new grand narrative for architecture?
Do Architectural Conservation and Environmental Conservation share a
common agenda or are their aims in opposition?
If none of these appeals you can propose another title to your tutor but must get
their agreement before writing.