June 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 41 March 2013

Theory of architecture

Gorneva Olga S.

PhD (Architecture), Associate Professor,
Chair of Theory of Architecture and Professional Communicatio,
Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts,
Ekaterinburg, Russia

Titov Sergey S.

Doctor of Science (Mathematics), Professor,
Head of Chair of Applied Mathematics and Technical Graphics
Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts,
Ekaterinburg, Russia



The article deals with mathematical methods in architecture. It formulates and considers a range of issues relating to the integration of mathematical methods into architectural design. The study carried out by the authors suggests the following conclusions. Firstly, at the moment there are no conditions in the architectural science that could ensure its mathematisation with subsequent progress of any methods thus worked out to the level of architectural design. Secondly, there is a language barrier between architecture and mathematics. Thirdly, architects and mathematicians operate abstractions of differing scope.

The authors believe that the establishment of «Architectural Mathematics» as a discipline would enable the earlier stated problems connected with the integration of mathematics to be approached in a meaningful and comprehensive manner. The first steps in the development of architectural mathematics should involve its introduction into architectural training as a study discipline rather than establishing it as a separate area of architectural science. This would allow would-be architects to understand the place of mathematical methods in architectural design, produce essential models of dialogue between architecture and mathematics at the level of introduction to the speciality, and train those who would then participate in the creation of a "big" architectural mathematics.

In conclusion, the authors propose a concept of «Architectural Mathematics» as a discipline within the framework of a course of architectural design.


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Key words: mathematization design, architectural design, architectural mathematics

Russian text of this article

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