Course detail

Architectural Composition

FA-KOACompulsoryBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Winter semester3. year of study2  credits

Analysis of the categories of architectural composition in context of space, mass and architectural form, and reflection of the philosophic ideas of the respective period, with emphasis being put on the specific features of the present time. At the Brno Faculty of Architecture, the study of the laws of creating architectural form, and of the expressive and semantic features of a work of architecture, have a tradition of several decades. The change of economic conditions after 1989 and the rapid technological development generate a pressing need for defining, in the possibly widest context, the present characteristics of composition situations Their knowledge essentially contributes to the formation of professional standpoints in architectural design.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Ability to apply the principles of composition in architecture.


Knowledge of the basic terms, issues and regularities od architectural design.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

CHING, F. - Form, Space, Order (EN)
KRIER, R. - Architecture Kompozition (EN)
MEISS, P. - Elements of Architecture (EN)
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Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Combined written and oral examination. Point assessment of degree, depth and extent of knowledge and graphic expression.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Conception and composition in architectural production, basic compositional caregory
Formal and abstract symmetry, zrcadlovost, congruity, virtualnost
Concrete symmetry, asymmetry, rovnovaznost, chaos
Contrast and nuance, appeal illusion contrast and illusion nuance
Rhythm, repeat, transformation, gradation, stress, interval
Series and insider, kinesthesis- tactile sensation masses and space
Modulus measurement, modulus construction, modular co - ordination, Modulor
Proportion, proportional order, resemblance, analogy
Sorts proportional relations, systems proportionality
Method proportional analyses, perspective rakurs
Gauge natural, relative, adequacy, gauge and proportion
Gradation and steps criteria, gauge and expressive meaning, tendency criteria
Optical delusions and illusion, formative law, mistakes optical percept
Light and colour, classification colours, colour and space. Psychology colour perception, notation colours.


Gaining knowledge of the laws governinng architectural form and the expression and semantic aspects of a work of architecture.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Non-attendance of lectures has to be made up for by individual study of elementary and recommended literature.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer