Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
3+2 Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 574 Theory and Critics of Architectural Object Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
6 139

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr. Emina Zejnilovic Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Introduction to basic theories and conceptual frameworks of modern architecture, that create fundaments for development of architectural design. Through discussion of basic principles of order, and introduction of fundamental theories of aesthetics in architecture, qquestion and analyze the relationship of architecture within broader social and cultural context. Evaluate and assess the interaction of different levels and layers of architectural objects, especially in terms of form, function, typology, symbolism. Introduction with critical analysis and development of critical observation, research, analysis and evaluation of the architecture.

• Introduce students with basic principles of modern architectural theory
• Introduce students with concept of order and disorder, harmony and chaos in architectural theory and practice
• Introduce students with basic concepts of aesthetics in architecture, aesthetic experience and evaluation
• Explore translation and correlation between theory and architectural form
• Explore the change within architectural theory throughout 20th century and establish the correlation within broader social and cultural context.

  1. • Introduction ( Syllabus review; course content, requirements, equipment, policies; teaching methods)
  2. • Understanding Order and Disorder
  3. • / Exploring harmony vs chaos, unity vs diversity Aesthetics Order / Relations and Interactions
  4. • Understanding Beauty – Basic Concepts
  5. • Architectural Theory / From mathematics to Intellectual Reasoning
  6. • The Formative Standards of Modern Architecture / Steel Giants and Glass Sculptures / Chicago School
  7. • Country House in the City / Circle and Square / Concrete Creativity
  8. • Volumetric Experiments / Machine for Living International Style
  9. • Walter Gropius / German Expressionism and Bauhaus / Alvaro Alto and the Scandinavian Tradition / Louis Khan and the Challenge of Monumentality
  10. • Case Studies / Bubbles / Concrete Container
  11. • White Architects / Open Structures
  12. • Critiques of Modern Movement / Problem of Regional Identity
  13. • Postmodern Movements


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Assignments
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    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
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    Learning outcomes
    • • Identify and understand basic concepts of modern theory of architecture
    • • Understand fundamental principles of architectural order
    • • Understand fundamental principles of aesthetic perception and evaluation.
    • • Develop critical thinking towards the process of architectural design, decisions and architectural objects
    • • Establish a relationship with theories of architecture and space and form as their own theoretical thinking.
    • • Develop mindfulness about theoretical background of architectural design and understand its role and significance in architectural education.
    • 1. Handbook, T. S. (2012). Architectural Theory. London: Sage Publications.
    • 2. J.R.Curtis, W. (1983). Modern Architecture since 1900. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. Inc.. Englewood cliffs. .
    • 3. Leach, N. (1997). Rethinking Architecture . London, New York: Routlage.
    • 4. Lorand, R. (2003). Aesthetic Order. London, New York: Routlage.
    • 5. Smith, P. (2003). The Dynamics of of Delight . New York: Routlage.
    • 6. William, L. J., Moriarty , M. F., & Neuman, D. J. (1994). Critical Architecture and Contemporary Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • 7. Gesel, P., & Loythoyzer, G. (2006). 20th Cnetury Architecture, Koln

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15345
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
    Preparation for Final Examination14040
    Assignment / Homework/ Project13030
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 139
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6