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ARC1017 : Architectural Representation 1

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Kati Blom
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


ARC1017 concentrates in ARB/RIBA syllabus for professional skills in aspects of visual communication accompanied with aim to self-reflection and criticality. Additionally, where possible, ARC1017 introduces groupwork.
ARC1017 offers an introduction to essential modes of architectural representational covering a range of media and scales from hand-held objects to city. The course focuses on two key approaches to drawing relevant to architectural design:
•       Quantitative recordings which are used to accurately describe buildings, objects and spaces, including survey notes, diagrams and sketches, photos and other supporting materials, enabling the production of measured orthographic drawings.
•       Qualitative interpretative drawings or 3D physical models, including observational drawings and photographs, expressive sketches, and other forms of imaginative and transformative representation which support the design process.
The aim is to produce, compare and critically evaluate different presentation modes, in order to understand the particular conventions and qualities of each, as well as the iterative process involved in their refinement. Students work as a team to curate a digital and/or physical exhibition of their work. When possible, students measure together a small architectural entity.
Additionally, students produce a curated portfolio, which develops skills in graphical composition and self-reflection in the communication of the tasks undertaken.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module offers an introduction to different modes of architectural representation and how they may be used for different purposes. The representation modes include photography, analogical (produced by hand) observational, axonometric and orthographic drawings, verbal explanations, sketching, graphical layout and various other modes.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion54:0020:00Preparation for interim submissions and final tasks file (portfolio)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Exhibition build-up and visit (with alternative for students studying remotely) PIP
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities140:204:40Task-related practical on-line resources (pre-recorded videos on activities
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities81:008:00Drawing related practical videos
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Flexible mini-meetings and/or walks in city doing practical tasks PIP
Guided Independent StudySkills practice50:302:30Exploring different analogical media (hand drawing)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops17:007:00Interpretative drawing workshop - PIP
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity50:302:30Tasks-related summaries
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:00Related to weekly tasks, on-line/PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00Meeting with visual experts, supporting weekly tasks, on-line/PIP
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity61:006:00On-line or in campus exhibition
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:4015:40Self-directed practical or research activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk40:402:40Introduction, in-between guidance and conclusion.
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion20:301:00On-line or in campus exhibition-related discussions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

ARC1017 supports design module ARC1001 by providing an introduction to a wide range of representation modes, mainly analogical (hand drawing) techniques. Short (20mins) video demonstrations by visual experts introduce specific skills and tasks to students. Synchronous Module Talks help to locate each task in a wider context, while Q&A sessions enable students to clarify details with the Module Leader. Synchronous surgery sessions with experts provide personalised feedback, supporting students to understand and reflect on the differences in each representation mode, as well as to improve their techniques.
During the first four weeks of semester, the 2 first tasks (object representation and room representation) are introduced and submitted for preliminary feedback. They are the basis of further representation tasks in ARC1017 and design-related tasks in ARC1001 (including photos, observational and orthographic drawings). In the second half of semester 1, transformative pencil drawings are supported by surgery sessions, with the emphasis on developing skills related to the iterative process of design. All other tasks can be done partly independently and appear in the final Task booklet/portfolio submission. A group exhibition provides opportunities for peer learning and feedback. This is related either to ARC1001 celebration activity or exhibition of City Drawings or drawings of measured pieces of architecture.
PiP Hours: Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring on assigned ‘PiP days’ or studio day, if pandemic situation is still on, and allows meeting in person or students meetings with each other in studios. (Architecture’s programme level PiP briefing note provides further detail. )

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Final Taskbook (containing all tasks), in ‘Portfolio’ format
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Design/Creative projMIncludes verbal comparative summaries of all required tasks, as well as additional skills practice. Submission of original orthogra
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment should include verbal comparative summaries of all required tasks, as well as additional skills practice.

Activities are designed to support independent exploration of different modes of architectural representation. These are mainly analogical, with the exception of photographs and digital programs used to compile the portfolio document. The final assessed document consists of presentation of the tasks themselves, together with a reflective summary related to each representation mode, allowing the student to document their learning process. The design of the final document enables students to develop skills in curating and graphically representing the findings of this comparative process.

This assessment mode is in tandem with the Pass/Fail assessment of ARC1001 and ARC1018.

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