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ARC2001 : Architectural Design 2.1

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Kieran Connolly
  • Other Staff: Professor Rosie Parnell
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0


This module aims to:

1. Develop your design skills and abilities through project-based learning.

2. Develop your understanding of ethical considerations and professional competencies integral to contemporary architectural design practice.

3. Develop your communication and representation skills using visual, verbal, and written methods.

4. Broaden your understanding of design methods, practices, and techniques, and provide you with opportunities to experiment with these methods, practices, and techniques through project-based learning.

5. Broaden your understanding of prominent and important topics, ideas, and agendas shaping contemporary architectural design practice.

6. Provide you with opportunities to work both independently and collectively in small peer and study groups.

7. Provide you with opportunities to synthesise and integrate knowledge, learning, and skill outcomes from parallel Stage 2 BA (Hons) Architecture modules including: ARC2024 About Architecture: Cities, Cultures and Space; ARC2009 Architectural Technology 2.1: Construction in Detail; and ARC2010 Architectural Technology 2.2: Energy Efficient Construction.

Outline Of Syllabus

ARC2001 Architectural Design 2.1 is a two semester architectural design module that builds on the learning and skill outcomes of the ARC1001 Architectural Design 1.1 module delivered during the first year of the BA (Hons) Architecture degree programme.

The module delivers project-based learning through a series of architectural design projects requiring critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the application of various techniques of communication and representation. Projects across both Semester 1 and 2 provide opportunities for you to develop design skills across various scales, from developing responses to urban contexts through to detail and technical scale considerations integrating constructional, material, environmental, and technological design thinking. Projects will also provide you with opportunities to develop design propositions for different types of building programme and for different groups of prospective occupants/building users.

Throughout the module, you are encouraged to engage and experiment with a wide variety of design methods, practices, and techniques, introduced through scheduled learning and teaching activities include small group teaching sessions, lectures, module talks, and project-related workshops. Your engagement with various methods, practices, and techniques will form the basis of a clearly documented design process you are expected to develop across the duration of each project, ultimately leading toward a linked and declared design proposition that responds to key expectations and requirements of the project brief.

Importantly, this module aims to broaden your understanding of prominent and important topics, ideas, and agendas shaping contemporary architectural design practice. These include, but are not limited to:

- a broadening of your understanding of the current challenges and opportunities posed by the global climate emergency.
- a broadening of your understanding of ethical professional practice and your responsibility as an emerging professional to uphold and implement essential regulatory frameworks e.g. health and life safety.
- a broadening of you understanding of various contemporary architectural design methods, techniques, and strategies and there synthesis with the process of architectural design.
- a broadening of you understanding of contemporary architectural design theory and its synthesis with the process of architectural design.

During Semester 1, design projects allow you to explore and develop your skills at designing at the domestic scale, proposing a small-scale housing scheme on an urban site. Throughout the project, you are encouraged to consider carefully how your design and spatial propositions can engage with existing neighbourhoods and communities through engagement and integration of social, cultural, and ethical considerations.

During Semester 2, design projects allow you to develop your skills at designing small-to-medium scale public buildings that engage directly with challenges and opportunities posed by the global climate emergency. Across the whole semester, you are actively encouraged to develop more ecologically engaged design practices that can aid the development of design and spatial propositions that aim to be more ecologically sustainable across the whole lifecycle of their design, construction, and long-term inhabitation and occupation.

Across both Semester 1 and Semester 2, opportunities will be provided for you to work both independently and collectively in small peer groups to help you develop important creative and collaborative team-working skills that are essential to professional architectural practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Synchronous lectures covering key themes related to module aims/specific to semester design project.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion172:0072:00Preparation of project or portfolio submissions at the end of semester.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities180:0080:00Improving design/research skills using resources noted in project brief/associated skills workshops.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Project related design reviews, including oral presentation of developing design project.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching183:0054:00Project related group teaching with space for one-to-one contact and peer-to-peer discussion.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities180:0080:00Conducting tasks noted in project brief - studio based research, site contexts, reviewing materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops102:0020:00Project related workshops for development of core skills. PIP with flexibility for online if needed.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1240:00240:00Developing design projects responding to module assessment criteria/learning outcomes.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity21:002:00Reflection on assessment feedback. Occurring at end of each semester after project submission.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk102:0020:00Synchronous talks discussing aims/milestones of module/semester design project.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Scheduled learning and teaching activities are largely delivered through small group teaching. You will meet with a small group of peers and a design tutor on a weekly basis during both Semester 1 and 2 in order to discuss the development of your response to project briefs. The delivery of these small group teaching sessions can take a number forms, from seminar style discussions through to more structured oral presentations. Small group teaching sessions operate as the primary teaching and learning activities of the module, aiding development of module learning learning and skills outcomes through regular dialogue with both design tutor(s) and peers.

Small group teaching activities are further supported by other scheduled learning and teaching activities including lectures, module talks, and workshops that explore related module and project themes and aid the development of both module and project specific learning and skill outcomes.

Throughout the course of the module, you will be expected to conduct both structured guided learning and guided independent study to assist the development of a coherent and fully documented response and submission to both Semester 1 and 2 project briefs and assessments. Both structured guided learning and guided independent learning should reflect and respond to discussions and dialogue conducted during weekly scheduled learning and teaching activities with your peers, design tutor(s), module leader(s), and invited guest contributors e.g. reviewers or guest lecturers.

Note regarding Covid-19 delivery of 'present-in-person' contact hours:

Present-in-person contact hours are provided through regular lectures (20 hours), module talks (20 hours), small group teaching sessions (66 hours), and associated academic, research, and design skills workshops (20 hours). All of this synchronous teaching can alternatively be delivered online dependent on external factors and circumstances.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1A30Project Submission
Portfolio2A70Portfolio review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment will take place at the end of each semester. Each project submission is awarded a final grade (0-100) that constitutes a specific percentage of the overall module grade. The final module grade will be awarded as an averaged total grade (0-100) from grades awarded for both the Semester 1 and 2 project submissions.

Please note, at the end of Semester 2, you are required to submit an academic portfolio documenting all design projects completed submitted across both Semester 1 and 2. Failure to submit a complete academic portfolio will be considered as a non-submission of the entire module.

The assessment criteria for each semesters' project submissions are based on the learning outcomes and assessment criteria outlined in respective project briefs. The assessment criteria in all design projects broadly integrates the following expectations:

- demonstration of a considered and thorough design process offering a clear relationship to a declared design proposition.
- evidence of engagement with ethical and professional considerations that assist design decision-making.
- declaration of a design proposition.
- integration of construction design technology covering structural, material, environmental, and ecological considerations.
- application of a range of representation techniques to coherently communicate both a design process and a design proposition.

At certain interim points in each semester, you will receive formative feedback indicating broad performance to assist you with further developing project submissions that are consistent with project assessment criteria.

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