The challenges of modern times demand high levels of creativity from the architect. Creativity, with all its social and physical connotations and implications, should therefore be a guiding concept in the revision of architectural education. In addition to the basic design courses and studios in architectural education which some have deemed to be the sole mediums to elicit creativity, a history course which underscores and examines creative leaps in the past of architecture can be useful in that regard. This article proposes an architectural history course designed based on a deconstructionist view of history which highlights major creative leaps of the past. The study thus focuses on the philosophy of deconstruction and its interpretation through architecture as a creativity fostering agency of thought, corroborating this stance by means of renowned examples of the adoption, sometimes unknowing, of deconstructionist philosophy. (c) 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.