EX | Designing "Backwards"

  Aachen art nouveau bath facade with thermal window and balcony Copyright: © Bruno Schindler  

Building and Design Analysis on the Historical Object

The exercise in the summer semester concludes the four-semester introduction to architectural history with a practical research project. The individual research tasks lead the students directly to the historical building, which is to be investigated in many ways. The analysis of the specific building form with measurements and drawings is carried out on the object in the course of the semester and precisely documents the structural condition of architecture in its appearance with all the changes due to time.

The exercises are assigned to different topics, which are supervised in groups of various sizes. The course of the exercise takes place in three phases: At the beginning of the semester, two lectures explain, on the one hand, the method of analytical drawing and, on the other hand, various fundamentally important elements that have always constituted architecture, such as wall and support or door and entrance. They form the basis for a second intensively supervised phase in which the concrete building – beginning with a joint excursion – is examined both in its urban context and as an individual building. Finally, the elaborated drawing of a building detail is used to develop the thematic focus of the final oral presentation.

In this semester, the following building tasks or building types will be considered in the course of the exercise:

Group 1 – Industrial buildings in Aachen (Alexander Cattaneo, M. Sc. RWTH)
Group 2 – University buildings in Aachen I (Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch)
Group 3 – University buildings in Aachen II (Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch)
Group 4 – Gottfried Böhm: Buildings in Cologne I (Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein)
Group 5 – Gottfried Böhm: Buildings in Cologne II (Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein)
Group 6 – Historic school buildings in Aachen (Yannick Ley, M. Sc. RWTH)
Group 7 – Historicist church buildings I (Dipl.-Arch. Bruno Schindler)
Group 8 – Historicist church buildings II (Dipl.-Arch. Bruno Schindler)



Cultural and Historical Basics II
M.Sc. | 4th semester


Regular date: Mondays, 4:30pm to 6pm, via Zoom or in presence

April 4, 2022 | Lecture "Analytical Drawing" and subsequent introduction in groups (via Zoom)
April 8, 2022 | Joint excursion
April 11, 2022 | Lecture "Elements of Architecture" (in presence)
May 2, 2022 | Support appointment 1 (all groups)
May 9, 2022 | Support appointment 2.I (Group 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7)
May 16, 2022 | Support appointment 2.II (Group 3, 5 and 8)
May 23, 2022 | Support appointment 3.I (Group 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7)
May 30, 2022 | Support appointment 3.II (Group 3, 5 and 8)
June 27, 2022 | Final submission
July 1, 2022, full day | Presentation of the final submission (possible event)


Alexander Cattaneo, M. Sc. RWTH
Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch
Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein
Yannick Ley, M. Sc. RWTH
Dipl.-Arch. Bruno Schindler


To all students of the 2011 examination regulation

Dear students of the examination regulations 2011, if you would like to take your KuHG2 module examination this semester and are not yet registered for the examination, please contact Felix Martin (martin@ages.rwth-aachen.de) stating your matriculation number. We will provide further information on the examination then. Further information has already been sent to all students who are already registered for the examination. Happy learning!