Online Course

Contemporary Traces of Sacred Architecture

Virtual course in Spanish

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Access for one academic year

Virtual course in Spanish

Recorded videos, you can watch them when it suits you

Regular updates

Access for one academic year

It is often possible to study and visit examples of ancestral sacred architecture, and feel a sense of its magic, its symbolic power and its spatial richness. All this may lead us to think that there are no means of achieving such magnificent art today.

This course will highlight a line of transcendent inspiration that runs throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

We will find a common thread that begins with material from the craftsmen’s guilds, which Viollet-le-Duc made use of to restore a significant number of mediaeval French buildings, and continues with the ideas of Utopian Socialismand the Arts & Crafts movement. We will consider the important role played in this process by Antoni Gaudí,Art Nouveau and the development of the Bauhaus,completing our overview with a look at the prolific work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Who is the course for?

People interested in architecture and art: no previous training is required. With this course we will provide you with a specific vision to the practice of Modern Sacred Architecture.

Students and postgraduates:
we will provide you with alternative data for the academic discussion of architectural movements with a strong symbolic element.

Professionals and freelancers: we will expand your view of the last few centures and consider how history can be studied from a humanistic perspective, different from the ‘official’ history.

Course format

4 modules

18 videosof 20min approx.

Total time needed for the course:16h

Additional resources (websites, videos, reading material)

Teaching material available

Course completion certificate

What will you learn?

1. Overview of the history of architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

2. Detailed study of the most outstanding exponents of modern sacred architecture

3. You will discover tools of sacred architecture that can be applied to contemporary design.

Stages of learning

Stages of learning

Course contents

Module 1

Mysticism in Contemporary Architecture

The French restoration led by Viollet-le-Duc and the flowering of the British Arts & Crafts movement with Morris and Mackintosh.

1. 1- Conceptual framework of the course. Historical context. The Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century
1.2- Positivism and speculative fraternities
1.3- The French Restoration. The role of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
1.4- Le-Duc and the love for the Gothic. Pedagogic interventions
1.5- Decline of the Tour de France of the Builder Companions
1.6- The re-imagining of history and the symbolic reinterpretation of Notre Dame de Paris
1.7- The Utopian Socialists and the defence of discipleship through the Arts & Craft movement
1.8- Mackintosh and the Glasgow School of Art

Tapa Módulo 1 b
Tapa Módulo 2b

Module 2

Mystical influences in Contemporary Architecture

Mystical influences in Rudolf Steiner and analysis of the work of Antoni Gaudí

2.1- Influences of Freemasonry, Spiritualism and Theosophy
2.2- Rudolf Steiner and his anthoposophical conception of
2.3- Antoni Gaudí and Catalan Modernism
2.4- Study of Gaudí’s work: Palacio Güell
2.5- Study of Finca Güell
2.6- Study of Cripta Güell
2.7- Study of the College of the Teresians
2.8- Study of Casa Batlló
2.9- Study of Casa Milá (La Pedrera)
2.10- Study of Park Güell
2.11- Study of the Sagrada Familia
2.12- Geometry in the work of Gaudí
2.13- Gaudi symbolism
2.14- After Gaudí

Module 3

The revolution in form

The revolution in form in Art Nouveau, the Werbund and the creation of the Bauhaus.

3.1- The Viennese Secession. Otto Wagner and an exuberant
3.2- Founding of the movement.
3.3- Study of the work of Gustav Klimt
3.4-Study of the work of Josef Hoffmann
3.5-Study of the work of Josef Maria Olbrich
3.6- Art Nouveau
3.7- Victor Horta and the Belgian style
3.8- Hector Guimard and the French style
3.9- The German Jugendstil
3.10- Muthesius and the role of the Deutscher Werbund
3.11- The founding of the Bauhaus
Tapa Módulo 3b
Tapa Módulo 4 b

Module 4

Contemporary Traces of Sacred Architecture

The prolific work of Frank Lloyd Wright, his school of discipleship - Conclusions of the course

4.1- The American case of Frank Lloyd Wright
4.2- Biographical details. Historical context. The Chicaco
School. The beginnings with Sullivan
4.3- The Prairie Houses
4.4- The Larkin Building
4.5- The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
4.6- The Usonian Houses
4.7- Olgivanna and the influence of Gurdjieff in the creation of the
Wright Foundation
4.8- A discipular school in the American style
4.9- The Guggemheim Museum in New York.
4.10- Wright’s legacy
4.11- Course Conclusions

About the lecturer

Hugo Ferreira

Degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of the Republic, Uruguay. A lecturer in visual arts accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay. A painter and sculptor. Director of the Da Vinci Cultural Centre in Uruguay. An active collaborator of the Fidias International Institute of Architecture and Visual Arts.

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Access to the course will be available on your profile for one academic year

Access to the course will be available on your profile for one academic year


We recommend you listen to all the lessons one by one to get a complete overview. It is also advisable to keep following the classes regularly, as this will help you to retain the knowledge better.

The course will be available for one academic year. Follow the course at your own pace.

Yes. You have access to the whole course and you can watch it again at any time.

By entering the “Virtual Campus” menu. The username and password are the same as you entered when you purchased the course. If you can’t remember them, you can click on the link “Forgotten your username or password?” and follow the instructions.


Once you have finished the course we will provide you with a certificate stating that you have completed the programme of study.


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