Analysis of the Stereotomic Theory: Towards a Framework for Reading Architecture (Study Course: Post-Iranian Revolution Architecture)

Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture, Faculty of Technology and Engineering, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Iran University of Scince and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Technology and Engineering, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran.


Problem statement: The stereotomic theory is one of the oldest theories and is intellectually inconsistent with the tectonic theory. Thus, to regularly read architecture from this perspective, which results in reasoned critiques to improve the quality, first, it is required to classify implicit concepts related to the aforementioned theory to achieve its approaches. The important challenges of this research are aligning this theory with the conditions of contemporary architecture to analyze architecture through its lens and to explain how architectural components are influenced by the approaches of this theory. The results of this study can serve as a basis for reading architectural works and determining the contribution of architectural components to the acceptance of the designs framed by this theory.
Research objectivs: This research aims to demonstrate how the approaches of the stereotomic theory affect the components of contemporary architecture and how the components react to the above theory.
Research method: The present study is qualitative. It was carried out on qualitative variables using library studies, deductive thinking, and interpretive analysis. The analyses were performed using Maxqda n’s coding method in Max Kyoda software.
Conclusion: The results of the present study indicate the direct effect of architectural style and the low effect of the construction period on the being influenced by the body and architectural space by the approaches of the stereotomic theory. The components of materials, elements, structures, and construction in the architectural design process are mainly subconsciously influenced by the approaches of the mentioned theory. The structural component in the role of behavior is the most influenced by the approaches of the stereotomic theory, and the spatial body in neo-modern and technology-based architecture is the least influenced by the approaches of the theory.


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