Architecture and Society Unit

Head of Unit: Jean-Alexandre Pouleur – www.umons.ac.be/FAUAS

Putting “man” at the heart of concerns once more

Classically, to design a project, architects implement three types of skills, those of art, technique and function.

The unit trains students to critically confront architectural issues, such as building, urban planning and territory. Therefore, the future architect learns how to identify symbolic values, as well as those of usage and space. The architecture curriculum covers philosophy, the history of architecture and the arts, urban sociology, habitat and art, habitat programming, qualitative and statistical surveying, economy, and legislation.

The organisation of space is a reflection of social relations. Multidisciplinary, even interdisciplinary, knowledge is formed in order to understand this spatial organisation and to highlight the practice of architectural and urban planning.

The architectural research themes of the unit are oriented towards the changes in the design and production of spaces. This includes both the development of methods that steer a project towards a social, technical, artistic and cultural reality, and the anlysis and evaluation of architectural productions.