Fundamentals of Architecture
Architecture plays an important role in shaping our cities and directly affects our relationship with and understanding of the spaces we inhabit.
This course offers an introduction to the purpose, theory and practice of architecture that will allow you to begin engaging with architecture and converse using design language.
You will learn about key architectural figures and styles, basic architectural terms, design tools and considerations. You will also learn how to read architectural drawings and discover the steps required to design and construct a building in British Columbia.
Duration: 4 evenings
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- Tue, May 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Tue, May 9, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Tue, May 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
- Tue, May 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Describe key theories and issues that have shaped contemporary buildings and the role of architecture in the city
- Read architectural drawings and explain basic design concepts
- Identify the tools and methods used in architectural design
- Explain the basic process and structure of architectural design and how the profession functions in B.C.
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Expect instructor-led presentations and class discussions
- Prepare to discuss, debate and formulate your own opinions
- Plan for optional pre-readings
You will be evaluated on:
- 3 brief in-class assignments
Who should take this course?
This introductory course is for both professionals and engaged citizens with an interest in learning the basics of architecture.
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.
Professional development credits
AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.