School of History

HST5302 - Architecture in London II 1837 - to the Present

This module is suitable for students with no previous knowledge of Architectural History.

Module code: HST5302

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr Matthew Walker

Taught by lectures, seminars and site visits, this QMUL Model module is intended to introduce the architecture of London in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The module is necessarily introductory, providing students with a basic outline of architectural development in the period within social, cultural and technological contexts. The module is driven by site visits and key readings—students will visit key locations in London and read primary and secondary texts to examine the meaning and value of buildings and urban environments. Lectures will provide broad accounts of the cultural and architectural debates in relation to these. The module will cover buildings in the London area roughly chronologically, from the mid-nineteenth century to the late-nineteen nineties. Different building types will be investigated including ecclesiastical architecture, domestic architecture, urban infrastructure, civic architecture, and commercial architecture. Students will acquire skills in the direct observation of architectural forms and spaces, as well as their description. Students will also be able to relate architectural material culture to its social, political and intellectual context, and develop insights into the ways that buildings may carry and convey meaning, whether to an expert or to a more general audience.

Assessment: Essay (2,500 words) [50%] and Exhibition Guide (1,500 words) [50%]
Level: 5