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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Jessyca Fan $315.00 34 Register

Course schedule: Classes run online from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will 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 will you learn?

You will learn through a combination of optional pre-class readings, online lectures by the instructors, online small group discussion, and the submission of three short, in-class assignments.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with an interest in learning the basics of architecture.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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