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ARC1001 : Architectural Design 1.1

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

Architectural Design 1 aims to introduce essential architectural skills, informed by an appropriate level of cultural and technical understanding (C1), theories and histories of architecture (C2).
In particular, the module aims to introduce the methodological base and the methods of investigation and preparation(C1, C7): the iterative cycle of the design process – research, analysis, synthesis and evaluation enabling appropriate design decisions; and basic techniques of evaluation and communication using a range of skills – oral/ graphic/written/numerical, both manual and computer-aided. In this its special emphasis is to refine the visual (fine arts) skills gained earlier by a student to be used in architectural studies (C3).

Architectural Design 1 also aims to enable students to identify the impact architecture has on users by introducing to them ergonomics (C5), environmental aesthetics and architectural or urban design theories (C2, C5 , C4, C6), which inform students in design process. The architectural tradition is introduced by intensive precedent studies.

The course fosters the framing of a personal ethical basis for design decisions, with an emphasis on client/user needs and concern for the natural/built environment (C5, C6). The base for making decisions about structures is introduced along the increasing level of complexity in briefs (C8).

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins with projects and interventions that reveal the nature of architectural design as multivalent and complex. This overview sketches in a conceptual framework in order to explain the relevance of further teaching (C1, C3, C7). A series of projects then focus on: intervention within specific contexts – natural and manmade; the implications of detailed decisions about context, materials and construction; 3D manipulation of interior space and light to meet specific functional requirements; and a project demanding an appropriate design response to a site and to a set of specific activities as well as a considered response to a setting of strong visual, climatic and cultural and social character (C4, C5). The relevance of methods related to the fine arts is introduced especially via the conceptual translation techniques orr means to record response to environment (C3).

A series of related analytical and design projects gradually develop basic architectural thinking, skill and knowledge. Each project is carefully focused to introduce new ways of thinking; a new skill, or limited range of skills; and to encompass a particular type of knowledge. The learning experience is cumulative – each project enables the next and the level of complexity builds towards application in a final, consolidating project.

Projects in this module form an introduction to the scope and definition of the subject. Initially, skills in graphic composition and analysis are introduced as a means of analysing and synthesising architectural order by using precedents in group work (C7.1). Projects of smaller or larger scale are designed to introduce the skills of manipulating circulation, outdoor and indoor space relationships and the quality of interior space. The ability to make informed choices about scale and material of basic structural elements is linked with basic functional and ergonomic factors and to architectural theories and history (C1.2, C1.3, C2.3, C3, C5.1, C5.3, C6.1, C7.2, C8.1, C8.2). The sites span from green landscape to larger homogeneous (coherent) environments allowing implementing the theories of urban design or cityscape introduced in other modules. C4.1, C5.1, C5.3, C6.1, C6.3. The awareness of the impact of the chosen design method is discussed in peer assessments and self-assessment tasks (C1,C2, C3)..
The projects and workshops particularly explore design as a dialogue between qualities and quantities of different orders. Theories and approaches differ according to the specific learning outcome of each project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture242:0048:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical71:3010:30Roaming Tutors providing assistance in studios
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical78:0056:00Crit/review days - Presenting work and attending other student's reviews
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Roaming Tutors providing assistance in studios
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Roaming Tutors providing assistance in studios
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical84:0032:00Roaming Tutors providing assistance in studios
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1180:00180:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1180:00180:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops30:201:00Academic portfolio interviews
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Project Site Visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Project Site Visit
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:3058:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:3015:00Group Tutorial Sessions
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale for Teaching: Teaching on regular studio days is the focus for development of the design process. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, in order that theoretical teaching and practical application complement one another at appropriate stages of a project. These include lectures, library based research, short workshops, group seminars, individual tutorials, field visits, group work and formal presentations.

The workshops, peer assessments and group works are related to the design process and method (precedents, site, programme, theories, compositional and analytic skills). The lectures and workshops by artists and architects exemplify the links to the related disciplines, urban design or architectural practice. The workshops with artists modulate the existing graphic and visual skills to be used in architectural design. The design tutorials display the design process by helping to integrate different aspects one by one.

Following each project assessment, students receive a set of written comments in relation to the declared criteria, together with a mark. Further oral feedback is given by the project leader at Project Reviews/feedback meetings.
The overall work for the module is the result of the weighted aggregation of the marks of each singe project.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAND IN A PORTFOLIO AT THE END OF THE YEAR THAT INCLUDES ALL YOUR PROJECTS.

Failure to submit the full portfolio will be considered as non-submission of the entire module. It is your duty to keep the documents, originals and models in good save.

The final mark is provisional and subject to approval within the external examination process.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100Portfolio Review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Projects are provisionally marked and individual performance is discussed as the year progresses. Each project is evaulated against a set of criteria outlined in the project descriptions. The assessment criteria for each project commonly require an understanding of and an ability to apply:
• a particular body of knowledge (related to the project)
• a particular range of skills and techniques (introduced in the project)
Following each project assessment, students receive a set of written comments in relation to the declared criteria, together with a mark. Further oral feedback is given by the project leader at Project Reviews/feedback meetings.

During the year students will be given assessment grades for individual projects (letter grade) indicating broad performance. The formal assessment will take place at the end of semester 2 where the years design work will be assessed holistically as a portfolio and given a final mark (%). This allows students to amend and develop work from earlier projects before the final portfolio assessment at the end of semester 2.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAND IN A PORTFOLIO AT THE END OF THE YEAR THAT INCLUDES ALL YOUR PROJECTS.

Failure to submit the full portfolio will be considered as non-submission of the entire module. It is your duty to look after any documents, originals and models.


The final mark is provisional and subject to approval within the external examination process.

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