Academic Year 2021/2022 - 2° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 12
Scientific field: ICAR/18 - Architectural history
Taught classes: 100 hours
Exercise: 80 hours
Laboratories: 50 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives


    The aim of the course is to provide students with the appropriate skills about the most important authors in Architectural History between 800 and 900. The goals are: understanding the main issues in architecture history, the role of the designers, the processes behind the project and the relationship between practice and theory, the role of the client and the general context, and the evolution of construction techniques. It is important to examine the value of each period and architecture movement in architecture history. It is necessary understanding the close relationship between architecture and design through the protagonists, their works and the objects created. In one word the protagonists of Made in Italy. Feed students with curiosity and attention to the architectural landscape, providing them with critical investigation tools that make them aware of the complexity of the designer’s role in the contemporary context.

  • Architectural History 2 Workshop

    The course intends to teach reading and documenting the genesis and construction processes of architectural works, exercising the ability of historical-critical analysis of architecture.

    With the support of seminars, the course aims to illustrate the foundations of the methodological principles of scientific research in historical disciplines, to guide the students through research studies on themes of the history of architecture.

Course Structure


    Lectures with multimedia tools.

  • Architectural History 2 Workshop

    Monographic research on a theme of architectural history.

    Seminars on topics related to research themes.

Detailed Course Content


    Introduction to the study of Architectural History.

    Arts and Crafts. Williams Morris.

    Art Nouveau in the European context.

    Catalan Modernism and Antoni Gaudí.

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School.

    The Viennese Secession: Otto Wagner, Joseph M. Olbrich and Josef Hoffmann.

    Liberty in Italy.

    Architecture and avant-garde. Antonio Sant’Elia and futurist architecture.

    Adolf Loos.

    Peter Behrens and the Deutsche Werkbund.

    Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus.

    Le Corbusier.

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

    Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Organic architecture in Europe. Alvar Aalto.

    The protagonists of the early 20th century in Italy (Terragni, Persico, Piacentini, Ponti).

    Architecture in Rome during the Twenties.

    The International Style.

    Louis Kahn.


    The Postmodern.

    Notes about contemporary architecture.

    Dossiers dedicated to protagonists of modern and contemporary architecture and design, including: Achille Castiglioni, Zaha Hadid, Le Corbusier, Alessandro Mendini, Gio Ponti, Richard Sapper, Ettore Sottsass.

  • Architectural History 2 Workshop

    Students, individually or in small groups, will be guided in the preparation of a research on a topic of their choice within a series of themes proposed. The research can regard a local context or have a broader character, connected to the main paths in the history of Italian and foreign architecture.

    Classroom seminars on topics related to research are planned in order to guide students in understanding the objects of study.

    Visits to libraries and archives and the execution of inspections of historical architectures in Catania or outside are planned.

Textbook Information


    Guido Montanari, Andrea Jr Bruno, Architettura e città del Novecento, Roma, Carrocci, 2009.

    Leonardo Benevolo, Storia dell’architettura moderna, Bari, Editori La Terza, 1966 (or subsequent editions).

    Kenneth Frampton, Storia dell’architettura moderna, Bologna, Zanichelli, 1993 (or subsequent editions).

    Aldo Colonetti , Elena Brigi , Valentina Croci, Design italiano del XX secolo, Firenze, Giunti, 2008.

    Gabriella Lo Ricco, Le Corbusier, Firenze, Giunti, 2018.

    Jean Blanchaert, Gio Ponti, Firenze, Giunti, 2018.

    Le Corbusier, Verso l’architettura (1923), Milano, Longanesi, 2012 (or subsequent editions).

    Gio Ponti, Amate l’architettura. L’architettura è un cristallo (1957), Milano, Rizzoli, 2010 (or

    subsequent editions).

  • Architectural History 2 Workshop

    - A. Bruschi, Introduzione alla Storia dell’architettura. Considerazioni sul metodo e sulla storia degli studi, Mondadori, Milano 2009 (o successive riedizioni).

    - Specific bibliography relating to the research topics.