Theory of Design - BMEEPETO921

  • Lecturer: Béla Pazár DLA

    Lecturer responsible for the subject: Béla Pazár DLA

    Credits: 2, 

    lecture per week: Wednesday 10:15-12:00 K 285


    The course aims at awakening and developing the students’ abilities and skills, to reflect on the architectural design process. Based on their own cultural background, in the original spirit of theorizing: thinking of, looking at the world with freedom and criticism. Considering the special and unique position of this continuous reflective activity, as an operative and constitutive part of the architectural design practice, the course not only picks up special themes of history and contemporary discourses but also concentrates on mobilizing the students’ practical and theoretical skills, already acquired during their previous studies.





    1.         09.07. Introduction, on the Relevance of Theory.

    2.         09.21. Faith and Experiment.

    3.         09.28. Classic and Modern.


    10.04. submission of 1. paper


    4.         10.05. Presence and Meaning.

    5.         10.12. Here and Now.

    6.         11.02. Time and Architecture.


    11.08. submission of 2. paper


    7.         11.09. Culture, Tradition, Progress.

    8.         11.16. Continuity and Contemporary.

    9.        11.23. Proportion Composition Memory.


    11.29. submission of 3. paper


    10.      11.30. Summary


    12. 16.  repeated submission of missed or failed papers, no more, than two




    1. Attendance of classes is compulsory. More than 3 unexcused absences constitute failure of the course. Presence is controlled in each class.


    2. During the course 3 mid-semester papers should be submitted on time, given in the schedule in pdf format, to the email address of the lecturer.


    3. The submission of the 3 papers is the requirement to be allowed to take an exam.


    4. Submission of failed or missed papers are possible on the repeated deadline. A second attempt is possible in the repetition week on the given deadline.  This is possible only for two missed or failed papers. In case of three missed or failed papers exam is not possible.


    5. The 60 minutes length written exam covers the theoretical material of the course with special emphasis on the texts of the reading list. Only in the case of online classes, exam questions are going to be sent from the email address of the lecturer at the beginning of the exam. Exam papers are to be submitted in pdf format, to the email address of the lecturer at the end of the exam.



    1. paper, submission

     Select one lovely place of Your childhood, identify and describe it in detail (space form material colour texture, events, memories) and try to explain Your choice

    500 words, with 5 pages of supplementary illustrations, (sketches, drawings, pictures) pdf


    2. paper submission

    Visit one contemporary building in Budapest from the list, recommended. Describe and evaluate its context, spaces, structures, materials, and observe, how they resist time use maintenance and possible alterations. Try to collect Your critical remarks. Collaborate in teams of two or three members

    500 words with 5 pages of supplementary illustrations (sketches drawings pictures) pdf



    Recommended list:

    -Residential building Magház Budapest Rottenbiller utca, VII. district

    Arch: Tamás Dévényi

    -Residential building Budapest Práter utca, VIII. district

    Arch: Péter Kis

    -Japanese Garden and Bonsai-Pavillon in the Budapest Zoo

    Arch: Péter Kis

    -Extension and New Gymnasium of Toldy Ferenc Secondary School, Toldy Ferenc utca 9. Donáti utca, I. district

    Arch: László Földes, Tamás Mórocz

    -Raul Wallengberg Collegium, Budapest, Toldi Ferenc utca, Donáti utca, I. district

    Arch: Zsófia Csomay, Péter Reimholz

    -Extension and reconstruction of II.Rákóczi Ferenc Secondary School, Keleti Károly utca 37. II. District

    Arch: Ferenc Keller, Benedek Sólyom

    -GRAPHISOFT Park Budapest III. District

    Arch: Ferenc Cságoly, Ferenc Keller

    -One of the new stations of Metro Line 4 (one team can document one station, different teams have to choose different stations)

    -IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Budapest Október 6. utca 26. V. district

    Arch: Péter Reimholz

    -Primary Scool Nr. 1 Budaőrs Hársfa utca 29

    Arch: János Dobay

    --Town Hall Budaőrs

    Arch: László Kalmár, Zsolt Zsuffa

    - ING Office building, Dózsa György út, VI. district

    Arch: Eric van Eggerat

    -CET („Whale”) building Közraktár utca IX. district

    Arch: Kas Osterhuis

    -CEU University New Building

    Nador utca 13.-15. V. district


    3. paper submission

    Describe a contemporary place or building, You have visited and experienced in reality, and consider as good architecture, possibly from Your native country, if not, from anywhere else. Explain Your choice in a short essay.

    500 words with 5 pages of supplementary illustrations (sketches drawings pictures) pdf




    Bart Verschaffel: Architecture is (as) a gesture

             Quart Publishers Luzern 2001

    Ignasio Sola Morales: Mediations in Architecture and in Urban Landscape

             Quart Publishers Luzern 2001

    Juhani Pallasma: Space, Place Memory and Imagination

              Routledge New York 2008