Architecture Appreciation

Ref: C2419290

Architecture and structural engineering have co-existed since time immemorial. From the primitive stone age hut to the high-tech mega-cities of today, architects and engineers have worked hand-in-hand to create the built environment. Yet architects have often downplayed the vital importance which structural engineering plays in the realisation of their aesthetic visions. This course will attempt to reassess this relationship. We shall investigate the crucial role which evolving engineering techniques and materials have played with regard to the aesthetic forms which architecture has assumed across the centuries. Topics will include the role of the stonemason in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman architecture; the mason as architect during the medieval Gothic era; and the advent of structural iron and steel during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Additional information about this course

Please note that no concessions are available for this Lecture Series as it is not SFA funded.

Course aim

This course will explore the history of architecture from the perspective of structural engineering: From the Pyramids to the Parthenon; and from the Eiffel Tower to the 'floating mega-cities' of the 21st century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise the principal structural engineering materials and techniques as applied to architecture
  • Begin to evaluate the aesthetic impacts which these materials and techniques have had upon the broad course of western European architectural history
  • Begin to evaluate the aesthetic impacts which these materials and techniques have had upon the broad course of western European architectural history

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Architecture Appreciation Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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