Building Design - AR319

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 15 (7.5) MISS R Hobbs checkmark-circle


Building on their experience gained in the autumn term this module deepens students' understanding of the design of interior and exterior space by the investigation and design of environments that confront the senses and where the integration of the sensory range is paramount. The potential of different materials within a design proposition is addressed. The module addresses the further awareness of the integration of function, aesthetics, technology and comfort within a design proposal. It also addresses the incorporation of vertical movement within a design proposal


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

43 contact hours

Method of assessment

Design Project (100%)

Indicative reading

Adler, David. (1999). Metric handbook: Planning and Design Data. London: Architectural press
Hawkes, Dean. (2008). Environmental Imagination: Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment. London: Routledge.
Lynch, Kevin. (1960). The Image of the City. Cambridge, Mass. & London. MIT.
Pallasmaa, Juhani. (2005). The Eyes of the Skin: architecture of the senses. Chichester: Wiley.
Weston, Richard. (2003). Materials, Form and Architecture. London: Laurence King.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 A basic knowledge of urban design and planning of communities
8.2 A basic knowledge of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment
8.3 A basic knowledge of the needs and aspirations of building users
8.4 A basic knowledge of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design
8.5 A basic knowledge of the way in which buildings fit into their local context
8.6 A basic knowledge of the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects to clients, building users, constructors, co professionals and the wider society
8.7 A basic understanding of the role of the architect within the design team and construction industry, recognising the importance of current methods and trends in the construction of the built environment
8.8 A basic understanding of the potential impact of building projects on existing and proposed communities
8.9 A basic understanding of the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types and to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context
8.10 An understanding of the sensory impact of architecture and design
9.1 An ability to generate modest design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge
9.2 An ability to apply a modest range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
9.3 The ability to be self-critical and to exercise criticism
9.4 The ability to organise a personal programme of work to meet given deadlines


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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