What is the course about?
The course looks at the architecture of hospitals, asylums, sanatoria, spas, hospices and associated landscape design. We will investigate how ideas and changes in medical, legal and cultural history have influenced the design, status, public perception and use of these buildings.
What topics will we cover?
After an introductory session on 'reading' architecture in and around City Lit and on the basics of architecture for health, the course will continue in three sections comprising two lectures and one visit: the first on general hospitals, the second on asylums and the third on sanatoria, spas and hospices.
The course aims to provide students with an understanding of how changing approaches and attitudes to the treatment of physical and mental health have influenced the design of a variety of healthcare buildings and how architecture and landscape design have also been part of treatment. It also aims to give students knowledge and confidence to investigate architecture of all kinds independently.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Understand the themes and developments in architecture built for health care.
- Read architectural plans, details and styles
- Discuss and examine further the architecture of healthcare facilities and related buildings.
What level is the course?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners and for students with some architectural history knowledge.
How will I be taught?
Most sessions will combine a tutor presentation including handouts and images with a class discussion or activity. There will also be visits outside of the classroom combining a lecture or tour with a discussion and/or activity.
Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?
Travel costs for visits. It is hoped that two or three visits will be arranged for this course, two in zones 1 and 2 and a third in zone 5 (Bethlem Royal Hospital). Also, students might also like to buy books relevant to the course.
What feedback will I get?
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.
Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?
Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.