Contemporary traces of Sacred Architecture

It is often possible to study and visit examples of ancestral Sacred Architecture, longing for its magic, its symbolic load, its spatial richness, thinking that nowadays there are no means to achieve such magnificent art. In this course we will address a transcendent line of inspiration from the 19th and 20th centuries. We will see a guiding thread from the guilds of craftsmen that Viollet Le Duc used to restore an interesting number of medieval buildings, through the ideas of the Utopian Socialismthe Arts & Craft, the burgeoning development of the Art NouveauGaudí’s protagonist role, the development of the Bauhausto the prolific work of Frank Lloyd Wright.


Virtual course in Spanish

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Access for one academic year

Virtual course in Spanish

Recorded videos, you can watch them whenever you want

Periodic updates

Access for one academic year

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 on the practice of Modern Sacred Architecture.

Students and postgraduates:
we will provide you with alternative elements for the academic discussion on a strongly symbolic aspect of Architecture.

Professionals and freelancers: we will broaden your vision of the last centuries and how it is possible to conceive History from a humanist perspective, different from the official History.

Course format

4 modules

18 videos of 20min approx.

Total dedication to the course 16h

Additional resources (websites, videos, readings)

Didactic material available

Certificate of course completion

What will you learn?

1. Review of the historical panorama of Architecture in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

2. Detailed study of the most outstanding exponents of Modern Sacred Architecture.

3. You will learn the tools of Sacred Architecture for its application to contemporary design.

Learning stages

Learning stages

Course syllabus

Module 1

Mysticism in Contemporary Architecture

The French reconstruction by Viollet Le Duc and the flourishing of British Arts & Crafts 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 Reconstruction. The role of Eugène Viollet Le Duc
1.4- Le Duc and the Love of Gothic. Pedagogical interventions
1.5- Decline of the Tour de France of the Companions Constructors
1.6- The False Historique and the symbolic resignification of Notre Dame de Paris
1.7- Utopian Socialists and the advocacy of discipleship through Art & Craft
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 the analysis of Antoni Gaudí's work.

2.1- Influences of Freemasonry, Spiritualism and Theosophy
2.2- Rudolf Steiner and his anthroposophical conception of the
2.3- Antoni Gaudí and Catalan Modernism
2.4- Study of Gaudí’s Work: Palacio Güell
2.5- Finca Güell Study
2.6- Güell Crypt Study
2.7- Study of Teresian College
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 Holy Family
2.21- Geometry in Gaudí’s Work
2.13- Gaudí’s Symbolism
2.14- After Gaudí

Module 3

The Formal Revolution

The formal revolution of the Viennese Secession, Art Nouveau, the Werbund and the creation of the Bauhaus.

3.1- The Viennese Secession. Otto Wagner and a preamble
3.2- Foundation of the Movement.
3.3- Study of Gustav Klimt’s Work
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 trend
3.8- Hector Guimard and the French seam
3.9- 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

Traces of Contemporary Sacred Architecture

The Prolific Work of Frank Lloyd Wright, His School of Discipleship - Course Conclusions

4.1- The American case of Frank Lloyd Wright
4.2- Biographical data. Historical context. The School of
Chicago. Beginnings with Sullivan
4.3- The Prairie Houses
4.4- The Larkin Building
4.5- The Grand Imperial Hotel in Tokyo
4.6- The Usonian Houses
4.7- Olgivanna and Gurdjieff’s influence in the Creation of the
Wright Foundation
4.8- An American-style School of Discipleship.
4.9- The Guggemheim Museum in New York.
4.10- The Wright Legacy
4.11- Course Conclusions

About the teacher

Hugo Ferreira

Architect graduated from the School of Architecture of the Universidad Mayor de la República Oriental del Uruguay. Teacher of Plastic Arts by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay. Painter and sculptor. He directs the Da Vinci Cultural Space in Uruguay. Active collaborator of the International Institute of Architecture and Plastic Arts Fidias.

Access to the course remains available for one academic year in your profile.

121 €

Access to the course remains available for one academic year in your profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that you listen to all the lessons one by one to get the full picture. It is also recommended that you take the course with a certain frequency over time to better retain the knowledge.

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

Yes. You have access to the entire course and can view it again at any time.

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At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion of the course program.


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