Course Title: History Western Architecture 20th Century

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: History Western Architecture 20th Century

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Anna Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

ARCH 1023 - Architecture History 1

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce you to architects, movements, theories and design practices of 20th century architecture. The course addresses the diversity of modernism in the early 20th century and revisions of modernist practices in the mid to late 20th century, including post-modernism, regionalism and globilisation. It will focus on the relevance of 20th century theoretical and design precedent to contemporary architectural practices, concerns and debates. Specific issues include questions of cultural and urban identity in the context of globalization, debates around the role of theory and design discourses, the shifting role of technology, and influential precedent design practices and procedures.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • undertake academic writing communication with developed skills.
  • undertake research into architectural precedent practices with developed skills.
  • engage in critical and analytical thinking with developed skills.
  • present verbal and visual arguments clearly and concisely with developed skills.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgement on a wide range of architectural problems and situations
  • comprehend key architectural works, cultural movements and ideas, their theoretical and cultural context and relevance to design
  • communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written means

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include:

  • the attendance of a weekly lecture series
  • weekly analytical and design precedent diagramming and other interpretative architectural representations with critical written annotation
  • weekly tutorial discussion and debate
  • the presentation and subsequent submission of a class paper responding to one of the weekly lecture topics
  • the writing of an extended critical essay responding to the course topics that may include case study precedent analysis and a consideration of the relevance of past 20th century architectural precedent to contemporary architectural practices and debates.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is primarily delivered face-to-face via lectures and tutorials and through the RMIT Learning Hub online delivery software called Blackboard (also known as Distributed Learning System). RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

To access the online resources you need to connect to the RMIT Learner Hub Server at

Course materials are available online via Blackboard. This includes:

  • Course assignments (assessment tasks)
  • required and recommended reading lists
  • references to key projects discussed in the lectures
  • links to relevant online websites and resources

The University library has extensive resources for architecture students. The library has produced a subject guide that quality online and print resources for your studies.

Library Architecture resources are available online at

The library provides guides on academic referenceing http:/// and subject specialist help via your Liason Librarian Tristan Badham,


Required and recommended readings are available on Reserve in the RMIT Library.

Course Guides are available through the RMIT website, with links provided on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the courses Learning Outcomes and on your development against the Program Capabilities.

Assessments will primarily involve written submissions of varying lengths to give you opportunities to trial and develop a range of critical and analytical writing and representational skills and gain experience at researching and discussing arguments relevant to an enhanced understanding of architectural precedent and the history of architectural ideas and debates in the periods covered by the course.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks include:

  • a tutorial class paper on a weekly course topic
  • weekly diagrammatic or representational reponses to design precedent projects with critical annotation
  • an extended critical essay with case study architectural design project analysis

Tutor feedback will be given on proposed essay questions, draft and final essay submissions. Tutor feedback will be given on verbal presentations in tutorial presentations to inform the susbsequent submission of a class paper.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

 Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: