Reading Architecture: From Norman Castles to NG2

Reading Architecture Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 6 June 2020
  • Course duration: Three Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm

This course is all about the language, history and context of architecture in the city of Nottingham, from Norman Castles to NG2.

The course will explore the architectural styles associated with key buildings and their primary features, and will combine taught classroom sessions with short ‘reading’ tours in and around the city.


The course will provide an introduction to understanding architectural language, context and how to read architecture in historical and contemporary buildings.

This knowledge will support your understanding and critical engagement with everyday surroundings.

The course is about your personal development and the enrichment of your understanding and appreciation for the built environment.

It will feed your curiosity about why things are the way they are in our cities, and your desire to know how architecture has evolved into the contemporary structures of today.

The course is a mixture of taught sessions and hands-on exploration of the architectural make up of Nottingham.

The course is for anyone with an interest in architecture and design.

You might be a student, a professional or an absolute beginner.

What will I gain?

You will leave this course with an appreciation for the language of architecture and the built environment.

You will be able to read architectural styles, define the main features and articulate your critical awareness of different building forms.

You will also have visual research for potential photographic or drawing projects in the future.

Tutor profile: Douglas Gittens is an experienced academic and published researcher who has been teaching architectural design and history for over 20 years in various universities and art colleges in the Midlands.

He worked for several years as a designer before teaching architecture and design and has postgraduate degrees in Architectural & Spatial Culture and Architecture.

His research interests include spatial and architectural critical theory, architectural representation and drawing, design ideation and creative thinking.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • participate in short, visually informative talks and discussions
  • complete walks and visits to key buildings where the theoretical aspects of the talks can be applied
  • discuss on-site and make sketches or take photographs depending on your interests.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £175.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £175.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418