Architectural Design - ARCH5580

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 30 (15) Silvio Caputo checkmark-circle


This module focuses on the detailed design of a significant new piece of architecture that responds to the existing urban fabric and aligns with sustainable urban development goals. The module assesses a student's capabilities, skills, knowledge and understanding of the relationships and intersections between new building work and a broader urban and cultural context. Three key design skills will be demonstrated: the integration of the conflicting demands surrounding a proposal that successfully balances the requirements of client, user and the public with the social and environmental pressures encountered; a sensitive integration of a new building within an existing urban fabric, and the successful integration of technical and environmental design aspects with formal and functional propositions. This architectural design project addresses sustainability, regulatory, historical, theoretical, ergonomic, spatial, formal and aesthetic principles of architectural design.


Contact hours

Total contact time: 65 hours
Total private study: 235 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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

1. An ability to prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief. [GC1.1]
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. [GC1.3]
3. A knowledge of the creative application of such work (the fine arts) to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation. [GC3.3]
4. An understanding of the needs and aspirations of building users. [GC5.1]
5. An understanding of the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of design proposals. [GC7.1]
6. An understanding of the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types, to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context. [GC7.2]
7. An understanding of the contributions of architects and co-professionals to the formulation of the brief, and the methods of investigation used in its preparation. [GC7.3]
8. An ability to relate the concepts underlying one's own design to themes in contemporary theory. [B5]
9. An understanding of the alternative materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction. [GA1.3]

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

1. An ability to generate design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge, some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic discipline of architecture. [GA1.1]
2. An ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively. [GA1.2]


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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