British modern architecture from Paxton to Zaha ADED11782

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will introduce and explore the ideas, designs and buildings of key British architects from 1851 to the present day beginning with a study of Joseph Paxton's revolutionary Crystal Palace and its challenge to the prevailing Neo-Classical and Neo Gothic styles of the day. We will go on to investigate the reaction by the Arts and Crafts Movement, the influence on the Modernist high-tech architects from Archigram in the 1960s to Rogers and Foster in the 1980s ending with an appraisal of the British Post-Modern architecture and the work of Zaha Hadid.


Block 3


18.00 - 20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop an appreciation of British architecture between 1851 and the present dayยท

■ Explore key British buildings and their creators from the mid-19th century to the 21st century. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify key architects from the period and their impact on the development of architecture. 

■ Recognise key buildings from the period and their innovations.

■ Describe key architecture movements from the period and their characteristics. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits