Contemporary Architecture: the Masterworks


Course Code (Undergraduate): 020314

Course Code (Postgraduate): 220314

48 Contact Hours

7.5 ECTS points Credit Points

Course Description

As a combination of art and techniques, architecture can provide a material medium for human beings to perform all kinds of actions and more importantly, form an essential part of culture.
This course provides a broad introduction to world renowned contemporary architects and their representative works. Students will look closely at major contemporary monuments, while also placing these vernacular architectural developments within their changing urban contexts. This course will not only broaden student’s horizons regarding the development of global architecture, but also cultivate their ability to evaluate and appreciate contemporary architecture.
Moreover, topics such as cultural significance of buildings in their social contexts, fundamental design principles, building materials and techniques,environmental factors that affect building design, etc. will be touched upon in the lectures.
By learning this course, students are expected to gain a more comprehensive understanding of contemporary buildings alongside evolving political, social, and cultural currents. This course will foster an understanding of the importance of architecture within a global context.


Schedule and Topics

1. Architects A-B (1): Alvaro Siza, Alberto Campo Baeza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Tadao Ando
2. ArchitectsA-B (2): Bjarke Ingels, Leoh Ming Pei, Shigeru Ban, Paul Andreu, Bernard Tschumi
3. ArchitectsD-K (1): Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Herzog&de Meuron
4. ArchitectsD-K (2): Glenn Murcutt, GMP, Arata Isozaki, Christian de Portzamparc
5. ArchitectsL (1): Rafael Moneo, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Rodgers, Richard Meier
6. ArchitectsL (2): Luis Barragan, Louis Kahn, Coop Himmelblau, Renzo Piano
7. ArchitectsM-S (1): Mario Botta, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Moshe Safdie, Norman Foster
8. ArchitectsM-S (2): RCR, Jean Nouvel, SOM, Santiago Calatrava, Steven Holl
9. ArchitectsT-Z (1): Thom Mayne, Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma, César Pelli
10. ArchitectsT-Z (2): Alejandro Aravena, Zaha Hadid, James Stirling
11. Contemporary architecture in China: Cultural, Educational and Commercial Buildings
12. Contemporary architecture in China: Office, Transportation and Sports Buildings
13. Contemporary architecture in China: Residential, Expo and Religious Buildings


In-class performance (40%);
Workshop Exercises (20%);
Case Study Report (25%);
Oral Presentation (15%).


The course is open to students from all academic disciplines who are willing to gain a more comprehensive understanding of contemporary architectural styles and representative buildings.

Reference Books

Rattenbury, K., Bevan, R., & Long, K. (2006). Architects today. Laurence King Publishing.
Clark, R. H., & Pause, M. (2012). Precedents in architecture: analytic diagrams, formative ideas, and partis. John Wiley & Sons.
大师系列丛书编辑部,《图解当代欧洲建筑大师1 》,湖南大学出版社/2008-11
大师系列丛书编辑部,《图解当代欧洲建筑大师2 》,湖南大学出版社/2008-11

Other Course materials (including lecture notes, supplementary readings and solutions to assignment questions) are handed out during the class.

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Course Code (Undergraduate): 020314
Course Code (Postgraduate): 220314


学时: 48 Contact Hours
学分: 7.5 ECTS points
语言: English,中文
课程开放日期:28 June 2021
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