251.917 Architectural documentation and presentation | Architectural drawings
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
Quinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to read and interpret historical architectural drawings from the Renaissance and, compare them with the – if preserved – building fabric.



The architectural drawings of the Renaissance mark the beginning of the precise documentation and analysis of historical buildings. They illustrate the development of methods of both measuring and representing buildings that are still valid today.
In addition to the skills for interpreting these historical drawings, insights into the genesis and practice of the thinking and working methods of important architects such as Raphael, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Vignola or Palladio are conveyed. This semester's lectures, however, will focus on anonymous, hitherto hardly noticed or only little studied drawings from their circle, which are now kept in the collections of the "Albertina".

In handling the original drawings, which of course may only be touched with gloves, the students will learn on site how to deal with these precious historical visual and written sources.

They will be familiarised with the various stages in the production of the depictions, from the sketch created on site, to the fair drawing, to the printing copy.  At the same time, basic knowledge about building elements (e.g. column orders and decorative forms) and building types of ancient Roman architecture (temples, thermae, triumphal arches, etc.) is imparted.

Subject of course

On the basis of selected drawings from the holdings of the Vienna "Albertina", the ancient buildings depicted will be studied as well as the methods of their recording and representation.

In comparison with later surveys and representations including photographs, these drawings are examined for their information content and the beginnings of the methods of investigation, documentation and representation of architecture, some of which are still valid today, are learned.

Since the drawings to be dealt with have been "neglected" by art historical and archaeological research so far, numerous "new" observations and findings are still to be expected. Not least because the draughtsmen documented the buildings at a time when they were still far better preserved or even undestroyed.

The list of buildings is based on the inventory of the "Albertina", e.g.:

  • Colosseum: ground plan of a quadrant of the ground floor (Albertina, Az Rome 25), section (Albertina, Az Rome 27) and orders of columns (Albertina, Az Rome 30).
  • Triumphal arch of Septimius Severus (Albertina, Az Rome 42, 43, 44)
  • Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius (Albertina, Az Rome 55, 56, 57, 58)
  • Column of Trajan (Albertina, Az Rome 83)
  • Santo Stefano Rotondo (Albertina, Az Rome 98, 99)
  • Hadrian's Mausoleum (Castel Sant'Angelo): ground plan (Albertina, Az Rome 105 + print Labaccos)
  • Porticus of Octavia (Albertina, Az Rome 142, 143)
  • Baths of Caracalla: Sections (Az Rome 172, 173, 174)
  • Baths of Diocletian: Ground plans, elevations, details (Az Rome 179, 180)

outside Rome:

  • 2 funerary buildings/mausoleuamon the Via Appia antica (Az Rome 202)
  • Tomb, so-called "Tempio di Marte" (Temple of Mars): ground plan, elevation, section, details (Az Rome 205)
  • Ancona: Arch of Trajan (precise, rich in detail) (Az Rome 227, 228)
  • Tivoli: round temple (survey sketch) (Az Rome 284, 285, 286, 287)

Teaching methods

  • Application-based examination of original historical drawings:
  • Introduction to the topic (architectural drawings, Renaissance, the "Graphic Art Collection" of the ALBERTINA Museum,
  • historical building survey, ancient buildings and ruins as documentation objects, etc.)
  • Impulse lectures/guest lectures
  • Comparison of historical and current methods of drawing

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information



  • Einführungsveranstaltung:
    1.4. 13:00-17:00 (TU oder online)


    Meeting-ID: 923 0285 2426

    Passwort: VP2rq8xe

  • Workshop 1:
    8.4. 13:00-16:00 Albertina
    9.4. 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-17:00 (TU oder online)

  • Workshop 2:
    22.4. 13:00-16:00 Albertina
    23.4. 10:00-13:00 und 14:00-17:00 (TU oder online)

  • Schlusspräsentation:
    29.4. 10:00-13:00 (TU oder online)



Course dates

Fri13:00 - 17:0001.04.2022 (LIVE)zoom-LInk: siehe TISS-Beschreibung
Fri13:00 - 16:0008.04.2022 Albertinapl. 1, 1010 WienALBERTINA Museum
Sat10:00 - 17:0009.04.2022Seminarraum 251 251.917 Architekturdokumentation und Präsentation | Architekturzeichnungen
Fri13:00 - 16:0022.04.2022 Albertinapl. 1, 1010 WienALBERTINA Museum
Sat10:00 - 17:0023.04.2022Seminarraum 251 WORKSHOP 2: 251.917 Architekturdokumentation und Präsentation | Architekturzeichnungen
Fri10:00 - 17:0029.04.2022Seminarraum 251 SCHLUSSPRÄSENTATION: 251.917 Architekturdokumentation und Präsentation | Architekturzeichnungen

Examination modalities

  • Compulsory attendance at the lectures and visits to the Albertina
  • Willingness to participate in discussions and experiments
  • Submission of a "project paper" (description and analysis of a selected drawing)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
21.02.2022 00:00 01.04.2022 16:00 01.04.2022 16:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.


  • Attendance Required!