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ARC1013 : Architectural Technology 1.1: Explorations in Making Architecture

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Daniel Mallo
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This introductory level course explores the boundaries of the profession by introducing the creative possibilities and technical challenges involved in the design and production of buildings and spaces of a diverse nature.

Drawing on staff experience and preoccupations, the lectures which are delivered in a case study format, introduce divergent approaches and drivers to thinking, shaping, and making buildings.

The course provides an insight into how different architects engage with the making of architecture, elaborating on a range of projects that show how the process of making, from concept to building, unfolds.

Outline Of Syllabus

A series of lectures provided by staff from across the School that cover diverse approaches to conceptualizing and making buildings and spaces.

Case studies are structured around a number of thematic areas and cover: context, theory, concept, design development, and technical resolution.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Essay preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0023:00Reading and gathering material in preparation for the essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminars / Review of draft essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Q&A session for essay preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study126:0026:00Independent research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk32:006:00Week-by-week overview of lectures, materials and other teaching activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is primarily by means of ‘present in person’ lectures which establish a framework for learning. Students are encouraged to undertake independent research within an area of personal interest drawing from material introduced in lectures in the formulation of the essay topic. The assignment is supported by means of a group seminar where students have the opportunity to discuss their draft essay.


There are 21 contact hours.

The assignment preparation requires various points of contact (module talks and seminars) to introduce and demonstrate graphic skills for the analysis of a building precedent. This happens in parallel to lectures that introduce students to a wide range of approaches to architectural design and making.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Coursework focusing on an area of personal investigation written up as a critically argued and illustrated 1500 word essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 100% coursework assessment allows students to tailor their assignment around an individual appreciation of an area of architectural thought, or a specific building or architect that is of personal interest, and to do so within the broad context of architectural making and technology.

Reading Lists