Design 4B - AR837

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module involves the design of a singular or multiple architectural propositions, and is taught through a Unit system with individual Unit briefs interpreting this specification. Each Unit brief will offer the opportunity to develop a conceptual and critical approach to complex architectural design proposals that is developed into a comprehensive and integrated design project. Unit briefs for this module may develop themes in parallel with Design 5b, with which it is co-taught in Units, and may continue these themes from the preceding term's design module.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

45 hours

Method of assessment

Design Project (100%)

Indicative reading

Bourquin, Nicolas (ed.). (2008). Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Gestalten
Crawford, Matthew. (2010). The Case for Working with Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good. Viking
Hale, Jonathan. (2000). Building Ideas: an Introduction to Architectural Theory. Wiley
Jencks, Charles (ed.). (2005). Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture. John Wiley & Sons
Lim, C.J. (2006). Devices: A Manual of Architectural and Spatial Machines. Architectural Press
Marcus, George. (2005). Masters of Modernism: A Critical Assessment. Monaccelli
Sennett, Richard. (2009). The Craftsman. Penguin
Sheil, Bob (ed.). (2005). Design through Making. John Wiley & Sons

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 An ability to understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project.
8.2 An ability to develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.
8.3 Knowledge of the creative application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation.
8.4 Knowledge of the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture.
8.5 Knowledge of the creative application of fine arts to studio design projects, in terms of conceptualisation and representation.
8.6 Understanding of the role of the architect within the design team and the construction industry, recognising the importance of current methods and trends on the construction of the built environment.
8.7 An ability to evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable design proposals.
8.8 An ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.
9.1 An ability to generate complex design proposals showing understanding of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, to test new hypotheses and speculations
9.2 An ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals
9.3 An ability to apply project related in-depth research and analysis to the ideas, development and quality of the design project.
9.4 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills

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