Unit 02: Classicism, modernism and architecture in the present time

Unit brief

Classicism, modernism and architecture in the present time.

A project in three parts at Somerset House London

In the autumn semester, we will be working individually to design three interventions at Somerset House: one in a classical manner, another according to the ideas of modernism and a third in the manner of today, each with a given brief and location. At the same time, we will be researching in pairs in the areas of classicism and modernism.

In the spring semester, we explore technical and architectural detailing, and you will be adjusting your schemes and preparing your portfolios as an argument in images and text.

I will ask you to immerse yourself in classicism as a defined but supple style, and in what modernism and the other modernisms opened up, in order to make architecture in the present time that seeks to communicate with its audience and surroundings, and which creates a positive and optimistic situation from the facts of its program and situation.

Photograph of Somerset House in London (image from Google).


Course Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2 (now Architecture RIBA 2 MArch)
Tutors Tony Fretton: Unit Master and Design Tutor
Niall Hobhouse of Drawing Matters: Visiting Critic
Francis Terry of Francis Terry & Associates: Visiting Lecturer and Critic on Classical Architecture
Billy Choi of Allies and Morrison: Building Construction
Jane Wernick of Jane Wernick Associates: Structures
Anne Minors of Sound Space Vision: Theatre Design
Robert Essert of Sound Space Vision: Acoustics
Todd Gowan of Landscape: Visiting Tutor on Landscape
Where Goulston StreetRoom GS1-15a
When Monday and Thursday

Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2


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