History and Theory of Architecture I

Lecture (052-0803)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Delbeke
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke

Image: Albert F. Calvert, Side Elevation of the Court of the Lions and Fountain, Palace of the Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 1907.

Fridays, 13:45 - 15:30

The course explores two intertwined stories about European architecture for the period ca. 1500-1850. The first tells how architects and theorists attempt to design and build architecture in imitation of the Ancients. This story has contributed much to how we understand today what architecture is, what an architect should know and do, and how buildings should be designed. In this tradition, architecture is determined by how it is designed and made: all objects generated by the right principles are "architecture."

The second story deals with how architecture expresses cultural meaning and is endowed with it. From its inception, architecture serves to express ideas that are important for a society (or at least for its ruling classes), such as power, religious beliefs, social hierarchy, the functioning of the state, etc. But various forces in society also use buildings and architecture to express particular meanings, and buildings are not necessarily understood in ways their builders or designers intended. This perspective in architecture draws attention to its context and the wider range of actors that are involved in it, as well as to the various media involved in articulating the meaning of buildings.

Calendar and Groups



22.09.2023 Vitruvius 
22.09.2023 Vitruvius (DE) 
29.09.2023 Introduction & Reading Vitruvius 
06.10.2023 Reading and rediscovering Vitruvius 
13.10.2023 Vitruvius renewed: Raphael’s letter and the Tempietto 
20.10.2023 Bramante, the Tempietto and the Alhambra 
03.11.2023 The Tempietto and the Alhambra; The Five Orders 
17.11.2023 Palladio and Michelangelo 
24.11.2023 Michelangelo; Counter-Reformation Architecture in Switzerland 
01.12.2023 The Jesuit church of Luzern (recording) 
08.12.2023 The Cornaro chapel in Rome 

First GL Session

Presentation Grundlagen 22.09.2023 
Recording Grundlagen


Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur 1 


Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke
Alex Protopappas