ARC1013 : Architectural Technology 1.1: Explorations in Making Architecture

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This introductory level course explores the boundaries of the profession through 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is primarily by means of 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 essay is supported by a 30 minute individual tutorial delivered in a seminar format.

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 1500 word critically argued and illustrated 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, 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