Introducción a la Arquitectura Armenia– Parte 1
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Armenian architecture is considered to be a major component of the world culture with its monuments and the significant role it played in the development of world architecture.
The first part of the course is an overview of historical or pre-Soviet architecture. Emphasis has been placed on the architectural details and Armenian decoration/ornament art. The course is based on and develops the theories and works of Toros Toramanyan et al on the history of Armenian Architecture. It also evolves the aspects of the first textbook on Armenian Architecture by V. Harutyunyan.
The course has been designed to be accessible to a wider audience. The curriculum is divided into eight lessons to provide an overview of Armenian architecture from ancient times to the times of Zakarid kingdom (12th to 14th centuries).

Calendario Trimestral




Invierno 2024

8 de diciembre (viernes) – 23 de diciembre (domingo) 2023

8 de enero (lunes) -  12 de marzo (martes)



8 de marzo (viernes) – 23 de marzo (domingo)

1 de abril (lunes) – 4 de junio (martes)

Verano 2024

7 de junio (viernes) –  22 de junio (domingo)

1 de julio (lunes) – 3 de septiembre (martes)

Otoño 2024

6 de septiembre (viernes) - 21 de septiembre (domingo)

7 de octubre (lunes) – 10 de diciembre (martes)

Topics Covered

  • The primitive communal Architecture in Armenian Highlands;
  • Armenian Architecture under the Kingdom of Urartu or Van;
  • Antique Armenia;
  • The types and formation of temples in Armenian Architecture;
  • Early Medieval Armenian Architecture;
  • Late Medieval Armenian Architecture;
  • Armenian Architecture in the Late medieval Ages;
  • Architecture in Cilician Armenia.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with the historical period of Armenian architecture and its historical relics. The chronology of significant events in the history of Armenian architecture will help students to gain knowledge about architectural developments in each historical epoch.

Course Schedule

Week 0

Orientation Week Students become familiar with the Student Manual, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in the introductory discussion forum, and identify the time zone in which they are working. Students will also familiarize and verify the technical compliance with all the communication and learning tools to be used during the course.

Week 1-8

Lessons 1-8 (use of electronic texts and multimedia resources) 
Individual and small group activities


Week 3

Individual project due

Week 7

Group project due

Week 8

Final Exam

Course Requirements & Grading

Students are required to actively participate in on-line discussions, forums and chats, to participate in individual and collaborative activities, and to meet deadlines for assignments. Students are required to be familiar and comply with Academic Policy of AVC

Student performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the term according to the following: 

20% - participation
25% - individual project
25% - group project
30% - final exam

Grades will be assigned by letters according to AVC Grading Policy


Ani Dekirmenchyan

Teaching Methodology

The electronic resources have been designed for user-friendly access and comprehension by a broad audience. Activities and online discussions are supported by the illustration-writing, listening method, as well as the top-down method. Individual and collaborative student assignments are designed to engage students in authentic research and sharing of information. Students will gain from the course in direct relationship to the contributions they make to their own learning.

Course Materials

No hardcopy texts are required. Selected online resources will be included as a part of the lessons. Students are required to read/listen/view all material and complete all assignments.
The online resources are drawn from the publicly available professional historical literature, academic curricula, recent publications in professional journals, educational material used in schools, and from discussions of controversies within the science of history.
The electronic resources are designed for university and pre-university students, secondary school history teachers and adult learners in Armenia and the Diaspora.

Course Sources

  • Cuneo P. Armenian Architecture (in Italian). 1-2 volumes, (Rome: 1988).
  • History of Armenian Architecture in 6 volumes (in Armenian). 1-3 volumes, (Yerevan: 1996, 2004 and 2002).
  • Harutyunyan V. M. Armenian Monuments (in Armenian, English, French). (Beirut: 1975).
  • Harutyunyan V. M History of Armenian Architecture (in Armenian). (Yerevan: 1992).
  • Hasratyan M. Early-Christian Armenian Architecture (in Russian and English). (Moscow: 2000).
  • Khalpakhchyan H. Armenian Architecture, General History of Architecture: 12 volumes. (in Russian). (Leningrad-Moscow: 1966), pp.197-299.
  • Khalpakhchyan H. Secular Architecture of Medieval Armenia (in Russian). (Yerevan: 1971).
  • Mnatcakanyan S.Kh. Architecture of Armenian church porch (in Russian). (Yerevan: 1952).
  • Mnatcakanyan S.Kh. Cross-type domed compositions in Armenia and Byzantium in v-vii centuries (in Russian). (Yerevan:1989).
  • Mnatcakanyan S. S. Early Medieval Armenian Memorials (in Armenian). (Yerevan: 1982).
  • Sahinyan A. Ancient buildings of Garni (in Armenian and Russian). (Yerevan: 1988).
  • Sahinyan A. Basilic Architecture of Kasagh (in Armenian). (Yerevan: 1955).
  • Tokarski N. Armenian Architecture (iv-xiv centuries) (in Russian).(Yerevan: 1961).
  • Tormanyan T. Topics on History of Armenian Architecture (in Armenian). 1-2 volumes, (Yerevan: 1942-1948).
  • Tormanyan T. Zvartnotc, Gagkashen (in Armenian). (Yerevan: 1984).