ATC Subjects

Semester I:

020.01 | ATC-TA-I | Theory of Architecture I | M. Arch. Georgi Stanishev, PhD
The discipline articulates the principal themes in the theoretical debate on architecture as cultural phenomenon. Space in field conditions, boundaries in architecture space, functions and semantics in architecture language, orders in space, methods of architecture design, and poetics of architecture as expressive system, are some of the principal subjects of analytical discourse, critical articulation and assessment in the course. The program formats the abilities of the students to critically judge the architecture phenomena in their different contexts and to put their own works in relation to the universalities of architecture culture.


020.02 | ATC-AP | Architecture and Philosophy | M. Arch. Juhani Pallasmaa, PhD | M. Arch. Anthony Roberts, PhD
The interdependence between the philosophical and the development of scientific paradigm – from one hand, and the architecture conversions and revolutions in history is the topic of the discourse in this discipline. The course also covers the reflections of concrete philosophical and scientific models in the individual architecture languages of sensitive to this discourse architects. The philosophy of understanding space in context of changing visions of the universe is the principle preoccupation of the debate.


020.03 | ATC-CSSS | Cultural Studies of Socialized Space | Alexander Kyosev, PhD
The course defines a critical vision towards the interactions between the cultural models of urban life and their spatial correlations. The analysis is given through the structural oppositions of public-private, sacred-profane, ours-theirs, and their application to space-use by the different social strata and cultures. Recent history of the city life in relation to the urban space habitation in Europe and the US is exposed in its diachronic transition from industrial to post-industrial city.


020.04 | ATC-AA | Architecture and the Arts | Nadezhda Diakova, MSc | Georges Heintz, PhD
The discipline profiles the interdependence between the worlds of artistic expression to the trends emerging in architecture. Specific accents are given to visual and acting arts like: photography, cinema, theatre and performance arts, but also parallels and correlations are configured and disclosed in the architecture to music and to dance resonances. The exposed and analyzed artistic relations of architecture to arts are given in historic perspective.


020.05 | ATC-CAP-I | Contemporary Architectural Phenomena I | M. Arch. Milena Metalkova, PhD
The course gives a revision of principle trends and names which actively form the field of contemporary architecture landscape. The material is articulated by principal figures in the architecture practice today, and profiles the historic background, the conceptual and visionary specificity of each presented architecture person and/or trend. The material researched and presented is on the basis of the Japanese historic architectural tradition and contemporary architecture of Japan.


020.06 | ATC-AWE | Academic Writing in English | Vladimir Philipov, PhD
The course is aimed to form the postgraduate students’ capacity to professionally self-express in English language in write and in speech. The different types of academic genres like: study, article, essay, critical analysis etc. are formatted and given as invariant structures and are exemplified by contemporary and historic critical and theoretical texts.


020.07 | ATC-APM | Architecture as Public Media | M. Arch. Maria Diamandieva, PhD | M. Arch. Boyko Kadinov, PhD
The discipline outlines the dependence of architecture to its media presentation and the phenomena of formation of media-images of architecture works and personalities. The mechanisms of interactions are shown through numerous examples. Constant rules and principles are shown as development in different phases of media image formation. The culture of starchitects is analyzed as specific appearance in the media field of the 21st century. Practical use of media mechanics for the benefit of architecture work is extracted from the course in its conclusion.


Semester I Schedule

Semester II:

020.08 | ATC-TAI-II | Theory of Architecture ІІ | M. Arch. Georgi Stanishev, PhD
The discipline considers the development of architectural profession through formation of expressive systems. The principle space-form-structure invariants that constitute the basis of the individual architecture languages as well as their evolution and metamorphoses through personal history, are analyzed through the works of Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Louis Kahn, Kazuo Sejima and other architects. The profiles of the architects evolutionary phases are presented in synchronic and diachronic formats.


020.09 | ATC-SA | Sociology and Architecture | Vesselina Penevska, PhD
The course correlates the constitution of society and its stratification to the spatial structures it creates and inhabits. It analyses the correlation between the social and political power to the use of space and gives critical survey on contemporary sociological theories which define the current public debate.


020.10 | ATC-CDCA | Critical Discourse in Contemporary Visual Arts | Yara Bubnova, PhD
Contemporary arts are reflected in the course as a field of existential and expressive forms. The artistic world is presented as a field of concepts. The balances in this field are coordinated by the competitive artistic gestures directed towards extension of the boundaries of understanding what art actually is. Principal contemporary art trends of the 20 1nd 21 st centuries: conceptual art, minimalism, fluxus, etc, in visual arts, are formatted in a concise survey with reflections on their influences on architecture.


020.11 | ATC-CAP-II | Contemporary Architectural Phenomena II | M. Arch. Milena Metalkova, PhD
The course gives a revision of principle trends which actively form the field of contemporary architecture landscape. These trends will be elucidated by analyzing some seminal writings by contemporary architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Fumihiko Maki, Daniel Liebeskind, Toyo Ito, Bernard Tschumi, Arata Isozaki and others. The goal is to underline the role of text and writing in the development of contemporary architectural practice.


020.12 | ATC-HMAE | History of Modern Architecture in Europe | M. Arch. Hans Ibelings, PhD
The discipline profiles the development of the European Architecture tradition in different regional contexts, considering the interactions between Western and Eastern as well as Southern and Northern zones of the continent. The accent is made to the development of specificity of the modernist doctrine in its two layers – the universalist and the localist, giving birth to different types of regional mixtures and hybrids of both. The model of centre and periphery is analyzed in its historic modernist context.


020.13 | ATC-CAA | Critical Analysis in Architecture | M. Arch. Oleg Yavein, PhD
The course considers the critical analysis as the form of “practice of the architectural theory”. The different methodologies of architectural analysis are classified in accordance with the dominant system of thought that has catalyzed their appearance and evolution. Analitical systems of thought and critical surveys of Woelflin, Zeddlemayer, Panofski, Wittkower, Rowe and others. Samples of analytical studies are given at the course to illustrate the different attitudes and analytical instrumentariums.


020.14 | ATC-SSTP | Space Syntax: Theory and Practice | M. Arch. Kinda Al Sayed, PhD
The discipline is dedicated to the well known methodology of investigation of urban space through mapping and measuring the communication capacities of the urban space networks, elaborated in the UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture. The research method – widely used as an instrument for assessment of project design solutions, is taught as principle theory of city formation dependent of people’s perception of space directions and vectors, but also as specific software to be applied onto urban fabric.


020.15 | ATC-DMA | Design Methods in Architecture | M. Arch. Georgi Stanishev Jr | M. Arch. Paul de Vroom | M. Arch. Helle Juul  | M. Arch. Andrew Yeoman | M. Arch. Georges Heintz, PhD |M. Arch. Rudi Ricciotti
The course gives a critical survey on contemporary design methods and personal design strategies. Lectured by a series of representatives of both categories: architects practically using their own design methods as working instruments, from one hand, and architecture critics and theoreticians, who research the design methods as specific professional and cultural instruments. The spectrum of design attitudes considered range from subjective, intuitive and random, to most self conscious and scientifically rigid.


Semester III:

Master thesis