British Architectural Styles since 1815

Ref: C3743366

Enjoy this review of the successive styles of British architecture over the last two centuries. The first section of the course studies each of these architectural movements by looking at typical buildings of the period and style. Examples studied include the Gothic extravaganza of St Pancras and the Italianate palace of Osborne House; the Arts and Crafts of the Garden Suburbs, the Art Nouveau of the Glasgow School of Art and the Art Deco of London's Hoover and Carreras factories; the Brutal style of the Barbican and the Hi-Tech of the Gherkin. Then our case study analyses how these successive architecture styles have been adopted over the years by the London Underground. Prime examples include Charles Holden bringing the European Modern style to the Northern, Piccadilly and Central Lines in the 1930's, while Norman Foster and others have now delivered the latest Hi-Tech architectures to the Jubilee Line and Crossrail.

Course aim

To study and enjoy the successive styles of British architecture of the last two centuries, from the Classical and Gothic Revivals, through Art Deco to the Modern and Hi-Tech.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Cite three of the main architectural styles of the last 200 years.
  • Cite an example in the UK of a building of each of the three styles in (1).
  • Identify the leading British Architects responsible for the “Midland” hotels at St Pancras in the 19th c and at Morecambe in the 20th.
  • Identify the British Architect responsible for the Brutalist styling of the National Theatre.
  • Identify two world-renowned architects, one responsible for the famous Arnos Grove Tube station and the other for Canary Wharf’s two Underground stations.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Review of two outstanding books would help students prepare for and reinforce the course learning: - "Architecture" by Jonathan Glancey (Dorling Kindersley) - "Underground Architecture" by David Lawrence (Capital Transport)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The tutor also provides corresponding courses addressing the architecture of Paris and the Metro, Berlin and the U-Bahn and Moscow and the Metro. These will hopefully be available in the future from your local WEA branches.

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British Architectural Styles since 1815

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