Courses

Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism Studio Laboratory

Academic Courses

 

The HTC Studio Laboratory manages a series of courses for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program of the UP College of Architecture. Courses in Architectural Theory and Philippine, Asian, and World Architecture comprise this series all serving as foundation courses for the program.

The important theoretical discourses on architecture are first studied including such questions as the influences of culture and climate on architectural development, as the concept of beauty, the design process, the significance of semiotics, and the phenomenological approach to the understanding of architecture. These conclude with exercises in formal architectural criticism incorporating the topic previously taken up.

The courses on architectural history are designed as a critical look at the artistic, psychological, and philosophical theory behind the creation of space and basic shelter imperatives. This begins with a course on Philippine Architecture and ending with World Architecture.  In so doing, a previous academic bias for foreign architecture is thus overturned while the earlier topics on architectural theory foster further research into breaking architectural and colonial stereotypes.

Courses Descriptions

History, Theory, and Criticism I:

Introduction to Architecture

A study of theories and texts that have influenced the analysis and the production of architectural form.

Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism II:

Philippine Architecture

A chronological study of Philippine Architecture from pre-colonial to contemporary times with focus on related theoretical issues.

Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism III:

Architecture of Asia and the Pacific

A diachronic study of architecture of Asia and the Pacific with focus on related theoretical issues.

Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism IV:

World Architecture

A diachronic study of architecture of Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Russia, and Africa with focus on related theoretical issues.

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