Faculty of Architecture

The aim of this course is to present the history and theories of design that ran in parallel in architectural decoration, furniture as well as costumes and jewellery worn by human beings, which were part of the traditional life styles or ritual practices in ancient times but became the expression of the owner’s sense of pride and marginal status, or signs of their political power and wealth in historic eras that formed such trends which could be defined as “cotemporary fashion” with an introductory yet comprehensive and critical overview.

A chronological study for the evolution of Eastern architecture and art in view of theories that created them. 

First in the series of courses that survey the history and theories of world architecture and art covering the timeline from pre-historic times to the end of the medieval era, specially designed for the Department of Architecture. The focus of the course is on the theoretical perspectives that shaped architecture in the past. First part of the course deals with the evolution of architecture, built environment and art from prehistory until the end of the pagan world; the second, with architecture developed in the West and the East with the rise of new religions –Christianity and Islam- until the end of Medieval times. Due to comparative nature of the course, a rather broad geographical scope is considered to include topics and examples from Europe, Asia and Africa. Architecture of Egypt, Frygians, Hitites etc. in Anatolia, Greece, Rome, Early Christianity, Early Islamic, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Safavid, Seljuk, Mongol and Early Ottoman architecture are presented in a chronological line. All major themes and genres of architecture and art to be covered: religious and secular, civil and military architecture and art, decorative and traditional arts like calligraphy in their relationships to Architecture and design. Special emphasis will be laid on the themes of ritual, religion and political pride and power.

This is a survey of the architecture and art of Cyprus, an island which inherited a rather rich variety of material cultural from different civilizations.