University of Technology Sydney

86006 History and Theory 1

6cp; 3hpw, tutorial and lecture, online
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Core - History and Theory First Year



This subject is an introduction to History and Theory and its relationship to contemporary interior architecture practice.

In articulating this relationship over the year, the two history and theory subjects (86006 and 86007) look at a wide range of relevant precedents located across Australia, Japan, China, India, SE Asia, Iran, The Middle East, Europe, North and South America.

Students aided by their tutors examine these precedents in material, compositional and theoretical terms. Current theoretical lenses and themes include; Memory, Narrative, Nature, Perspective, Climate, Representation, Model, Body, Technology, Diagram, Activism, Utopia and Ornament.

The rotating seminar strategy exposes students to a range of teaching styles and approaches. The overall emphasis of the subject is to instil an understanding of the relevance of historical precedent and theoretical frames in the development of your spatial design language and to establish a common, understandable discipline-specific language to serve students in communicating, developing, and rationalising design decisions both within the course of the study and in students' professional career.

Autumn Semester (86006) focuses on theoretical frames, lenses and themes (listed above). In contrast, Spring Semester (86007) focuses on historical precedents from Indigenous forms of architecture through Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture to Islamic Architecture. It also includes lectures and discussions on Classical, Gothic, Baroque, Rennaisance, Modernist, Chinese and Japanese Architectures.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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