ARC3001 : Architectural Design 3.1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 30.0


This module aims to enable students to research ideas and coherent architectural designs, while integrating knowledge and understanding of the thematic areas of the syllabus, and mastering the skills in architectural design whereby these ideas will find expression. The module builds upon the foundation of architectural knowledge established in stages 1 & 2.

In particular, the module objectives are that the student will be able to demonstrate in architectural designs:

1. Awareness, knowledge and understanding of the disciplines which inform architectural design (design principles - technology and environment - cultural context - histories and theories of architecture - professional practice and management - communication skills) appropriate to the resolution of the moderately complex coherent architectural designs.

2. Knowledge and understanding of the interdependence of architectural studies in the context of architectural design; core bodies of knowledge, most important contexts, principles and applications.

3. The ability to produce coherent architectural design up to the level of a moderately complex public building with the ability to integrate knowledge and understanding of the social and aesthetic requirements, building technologies, environmental design and construction methods.

4. Related awareness, knowledge and understanding of the experiential and tectonic qualities of architecture appropriate to these levels of complexity.

5. A personal philosophical approach, as a basis for design and thinking appropriate to these levels of complexity.

6. An ability in using visual, verbal and written communication methods and appropriate media to test, appraisal and represent ideas and designs up to the scale of a moderately complex public building.

Outline Of Syllabus

One specialised project in Semester 1, and one holistic project in Semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Project Introductions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Design Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Project Feedback Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical88:0064:00Crit/Review days - presenting own work and attendance at other student's reviews
Guided Independent StudySkills practice1168:00168:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1168:00168:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Technical workshops with tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork140:0040:00Fieldtrip
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00Site visits
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Site visits
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:3018:00Group tutorials - attendance and participation in discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study186:0086:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision160:308:00Project related supervision and tutorials - direct
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Architectural Design 3.1 aims to consolidate, develop and expand on the key design skills gained during stages 1 and 2. The module consists of two design projects organised across the semester. Each of the projects is pedagogically inflected to explore particular design issues and taken together they are structured to meet the learning outcomes of the module. The projects are developed to encourage critical and reflective thinking at all scales of design, from conceptual through to material and tectonic declarations of intent. At key point throughout the semester the student is expected to declare both process and outcomes and an emphasis will be placed on the effective communication of ideas in a variety of formats. At the beginning of each design project a lecture/briefing defines the pedagogical framework to the student and helps identify areas of further personal research and enquiry. Each of the projects entails variety of group and individual tasks and the design studio with its related tutorials, seminars and presentations is the main forum for both structured and informal teaching and learning. The participation in a lively and vibrant studio culture that fosters a culture of debate and develops both oral and graphic confidence is a key part of the student learning experience.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M100Design Portfolio 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. Following each project assessment, students receive a set of written comments in the relation to the declared criteria, with a provisional mark.

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.

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