Building Design - ARCH3190

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Michael Richards 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.


Contact hours

Total contact 43 hours:
Private study hours: 107
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design Project (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

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

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 A basic knowledge of urban design and planning of communities
2 A basic knowledge of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment
3 A basic knowledge of the needs and aspirations of building users
4 A basic knowledge of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design
5 A basic knowledge of the way in which buildings fit into their local context
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
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 A basic understanding of the potential impact of building projects on existing and proposed communities
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
10 An understanding of the sensory impact of architecture and design

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 An ability to generate modest design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge
2 An ability to apply a modest range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
3 The ability to be self-critical and to exercise criticism
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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