Most schools of architecture offer courses to students in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture. But are history, theory, and criticism – often abbreviated as “HTC” — the only possibilities for the scholarly study of the built environment? When we formed CCA’s Experimental History Project in 2013, we wanted to explore other possibilities of historical and theoretical inquiry into the built environment — what we call “HTX”.

In the five years since the creation of CCA’s Experimental History Project we have hosted conferences, staged exhibitions and attracted students interested in the possibilities of “X”. Such work includes exhibitions on historical reconstructions of the immaterial aspects of architectural heritage; conferences and exhibitions on immersive new media history projects; digital preservation and conservation techniques; and courses on experimental historical methodologies. We also created a one-year post-professional graduate degree, a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design in History, Theory, Experiments (MAAD HTX), where students can explore the possibilities of new genres in history and theory. Such efforts begin to scratch the surface of “HTX” — an exploration we intend to continue in upcoming events and projects and work with our students.