This programme offers an analytical overview of the historical development of architecture, presented as an instrument oflearning and point of departure for the architect’s work, in the belief that an awareness and appreciation of the past will instruct the students in a better understanding of the present and the future. In the words of Oliver Sacks: “Life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards.”
As our publications show, these courses don’t simply aim at increasing the student’s store ofknowledge but to engage in a series of activities (study trips, guest lectures and the discussion of critica! texts) that will foster their ability to formulate questions and provide them with the necessary tools for tackling high level research.
It is our belief that the close study of the theories and practice of architects whose work is universally regarded as having won a place in the halcyon of the history of architecture is an essential component of an architect’s training, providing as it does a cultural background against which to gain a perspective of their own work. We believe that being versed in a wide spectrum of references as well as scale, volume, form and materials, equips students with the indispensable skills for critica! reflection on matters such as typology, urban solutions, levels oflanguage, semantics and project methodologies, among others.
The purpose of the programme is to equip students with a solid practica! and theoretical knowledge that will enhance their interpretative and critica! capabilities and prove invaluable in their future development as architects.

Lectures on theory are taught in lecture rooms, whereas seminars, workshops and “crits” take place in smaller groups in seminar rooms through tutorials and individual teaching. Visiting scholars, lecturers and study trips complete the programme of study.

Coordinator: Díez Medina, Carmen

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