Research Methods in the History and Theory of Architecture

Doctoral Seminar (064-0014-23)
Organizer: Doctoral Program
Lecturers: Dr. Cara Rachele
Time: Thursday, 13:45-15:30
Location: HIL E29.2

Course readings and further info (registered students only) at: link

Student Consultation Hours: Fridays 13-15, HIL D 73.1 or by appointment (note new day/time)

“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.“
– Blaise Pascal, Les Provinciales, 1656, letter 16

The methodology of humanistic research grows more complex with every academic generation: it presents a thicket of epistemological frameworks rather than a straightforward array of tools. In the omnivorous field of architectural history and theory, the scholar faces a further set of possible approaches to any individual research subject. This course considers the variety of available strategies for the creation of architectural histor(ies) and theor(ies) as an opportunity for intellectual inquiry distinctive to our discipline. Through close and prolonged study of a range of historically significant or methodologically innovative writing, we will deepen our understanding both of how other historians have structured their work as well as refine each student’s developing research methodology.

The year-long course combines a traditional doctoral theory seminar with a practical writing workshop: we will alternate reading-based discussions with working sessions directed towards the development of the research proposal to be submitted at the end of the first year.

The language of instruction is English.