Research Methods in the History and Theory of Architecture

Seminar für Doktorierende (064-0013-22)
Veranstalter: Doctoral Program
Dozierende: Dr. Cara Rachele
Zeit: Donnerstag, 13:45-15:30 [from third week of term]
Ort: HIL E29.2



Course readings and further info (registered students only) at: link

Student Consultation Hours: Thursdays 9-11, HIL D 73.1 or by appointment

“Again. If a thing can be done adequately by means of one, it is superfluous to do it by means of several; for we observe that nature does not employ two instruments where one suffices.”
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles, III.70, in Basic Writings of Thomas Aquinas, ed. and trans. Anton Pegis, New York 1945, 2:129.

The methodology of humanistic research grows more complex with every academic generation: it presents a thicket of epistemological frameworks rather than a straightforward array of tools. In the omnivorous field of architectural history and theory, the scholar faces a further set of possible approaches to any individual research subject. This course considers the variety of available strategies for the creation of architectural histor(ies) and theor(ies) as an opportunity for intellectual inquiry distinctive to our discipline. Through close and prolonged study of a range of historically significant or methodologically innovative writing, we will deepen our understanding both of how other historians have structured their work as well as refine each student’s developing research methodology.

The course, held over two semesters, combines a traditional doctoral theory seminar with a practical writing workshop: we will alternate reading-based discussions with working sessions directed towards the development of the research proposal to be submitted at the end of the first year.

Please note in the fall semester the course begins only in the third week of term (6 October). The language of instruction is English.