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History of Architecture 7.5 credits

First cycle, F0019B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and At least 30 hp courses in engineering and / or social science

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

The course aims at giving basic knowledge about the history of architecture and urban planning and their significance for contemporary building and future development. Especially:
• Main characteristics of architecture and urban planning, from antiquity till contemporary culture.
• Architecture and urban planning as fundamental parts of man’s strive to create constructive human environments.

• Understanding of how architecture and urban planning in each era are influenced by ideas, ideals and general developments of society.

The students should be capable of:
• Reasoning about how the history of architecture and planning influences the way we look at building today.
• Reasoning about how the exchange between architecture and technology has been important in the development of building.
• Discussing and reasoning about qualities in building throughout history in relation to the building of today. 

The course is an introductory course in the history of Western architecture and urban planning. The relation between building and society, climate and technology etc. The role of the architect and engineer during different eras.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is based on lectures and exercises. For each main theme the students are given questions to help the learning.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Examination is done through exercises, seminars and essays.

The course is given on a basic candidate level and is part of the block of basic courses at the Architecture and Water program for civil engineer students.

Transition terms
The course is equal to F0008B History of Architecture

Jennie Sjöholm

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Fredric Bedoire, Den svenska arkitekturens historia. 1000-1800. Stockholm: Norstedt, 2015
Fredric Bedoire, Den svenska arkitekturens historia. 1800-2000. Stockholm: Norstedt, 2015
Claes Caldenby (red.), 1900-talets svenska arkitektur. Att bygga ett land. Stockholm: Arkitekturmuseet, 1998.
Claes Caldenby, Erik Nygaard (red.), Arkitekturteoriernas historia, Stockholm: Formas, 2011.
Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett, Lawrence Wodehouse, A World History of Architecture. 3: e revid uppl, London: Laurence King, 2013.

Additional literature may apply

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001ExercisesU G#7.50MandatoryS20

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Jun 2019

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021