Introduction to Architecture

N.B. This course is taught in Dutch.

In this introductory architecture course, we discuss the main architectural styles and movements of Western art. We discuss twenty centuries of architectural history. Architecture, sometimes even more than painting, reflects the zeitgeist of a period. The way it was built tells something about the goals of the time. Was architecture primarily religious? Did it have to seduce and impress? Or did it mainly have to be practical and functional? In this basic course Introduction to Architecture, architectural historian Yvonne Hilgenkamp provides a clear overview of the development of architectural history. The most important periods and most iconic buildings of Western architectural history are thus covered. From Greek temples we go via Romanesque churches, Gothic cathedrals and dazzling Baroque, to Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The course concludes with the 'starchitects' of modern and contemporary architecture such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Berlage, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid. By the end of this course, you will have learnt to recognise and place the main styles and this will be immediately applicable when walking on the street, being in a foreign city or even when visiting a museum.


How does that work online?

You take this course online from your own computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and sound. Teacher and images will appear on your screen automatically. If you cannot attend 'live', you can watch the replay afterwards. Registration is therefore still possible until after lesson 2 of the course.


Free trial lesson

Want to know if this course and taking it online is for you? You can join lesson 1 of this course as a free trial lesson without any obligations. You can register for this free trial lesson directly via this link.

Course details

6x Monday evenings, start 23 September
23/09/202419:30 - 21:30
30/09/202419:30 - 21:30
07/10/202419:30 - 21:30
14/10/2024NO LES
21/10/202419:30 - 21:30
28/10/202419:30 - 21:30
04/11/202419:30 - 21:30
Registration closes 20 October

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Reviews of this course

Very much enjoyed taking this course last weeks. Learned a lot, including how to pick up my hobby of architectural photography again. I take this opportunity to compliment the set-up, the content of the course and the enthusiasm and commitment of instructor Yvonne Hilgenkamp. When you have had a lot of meetings one day and are quite tired, it is very pleasant to have an enthusiastic and energetic lecturer in a webinar.

About Introduction to Architecture
I really loved Yvonne's course. It remains amazing the way she can convey everything with enthusiasm. She even got me excited about modern architecture which I thought was not my preference. And it's especially nice that I can take the course just from home. I will definitely take more courses from Yvonne.
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Lecturer of this course

Yvonne Hilgenkamp

Yvonne Hilgenkamp is an art historian as well as an architectural historian, and has many years of experience in presenting the rich history of Western architecture, urban planning and art. She clearly makes art history accessible to a diverse audience. Her interests are broad and range from the Romans to Rembrandt, from De Pijp to Paris and from Art Déco to Dubai's skyscrapers. About all these subjects she likes to talk and enthusiastically!

Recommended literature

Should you wish to delve further into the subject of this course, we recommend the following books. This is not compulsory literature for the course.