Department of Theory and History of Architecture

The department specializes in research into and instruction of history and theory of architecture and arts, including applied arts and design, as well as humanities that are linked to architecture: philosophy, cultural studies, aesthetics, psychology and sociology.


“ History is the best teacher, who has the worst students.
Indira Gandhi 

We provide the students with an art history perspective on architectural jewels of the past and their authors and a no less attractive architectural/structural perspective on the everyday aspects of the rise of structures for the day-to-day lives of their contemporaries. Industrial architectural heritage and the history of technology are important themes. There is an increase in the importance of the historiography of post-war architecture, contemporary work and intellectual concepts and theories.

The institute performs traditionally extensive work when teaching doctorate students and contributes significantly to the main lectures of doctorate studies. One particular activity is the university of the third age.

When it seems that the question in front of us is absolutely new, history offers us a multitude of wise answers based on past experience. That is what the department is trying to teach.

The Institute operates a thematic library, a teaching encyclopaedic database, a website with a database that deals with post-war Czech architecture and also the website of the Czech section of Docomomo International.

The institute includes the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage, which is dedicated to the research, conservation and new use of technical monuments, and industrial buildings and complexes. It maps the industrial heritage in the Czech Republic, participates in the scientific, pedagogical, publication and public education activities during projects for the conservation of industrial heritage. The institute’s activities are closely related to the orientation of the affiliated Institute of Monument Care and Renovations, with which it works closely in the monument care study module.

The teaching staff of the institute are the authors of many monographic and encyclopaedic publications on the history of Czech and worldwide architecture and on important architects.


life at department

The opening night of the exhibition "Who was Stavoprojekt?" in the reference departmental gallery: Gallery on the gallery (2023)
Vernissage of the exhibition Le Corbusier+ in models and pictures - a unique collection of more than 150 models of buildings by the legendary architect Le Corbusier. The exhibition was complemented by a photo exhibition, guided tours and two lecture evenings. The event was organized by the Department of Theory and History of Architecture (2023)
The member of the department Klára Brůhová presented several chapters from her book Praha nepostavená at a lecture in the framework of the Tištěná architektura series in Jablonec nad Nisou (2023)
Exhibition of Czech post-war architecture at the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale in Georgia created by the Department (2022)
Moment from the launch of the book "Domy volným veršem. Architekt Ladislav Lábus". The book was edited and presented by Matúš Dulla. Jana Tichá and Oldřich Ševčík contributed to it as authors on behalf of the Department (2022).
Detail of the panel of the exhibition The Real Santini held in the departmental Gallery on the gallery (2022)
The member of the department Miroslav Pavel during a lecture on behalf of an international workshop on the future of the Strahov Stadium for students from TU Dresden, TU Delft, TU Kraków, ENSA and our Faculty of Architecture CTU (2022)
Detail of the display case of the 80a (eighties) exhibition held in the departmental Gallery on the gallery (2021)
Exhibition Living Together: Czech Collective Houses; installed in Liberec.
Exhibition Postwar 45-89: buildings, projects, architects.
The joy of the model of Gočár's Legiobank.

For the content of this site is responsible: prof. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D.