Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Ambrose Gillick checkmark-circle


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 4b, with which it is co-taught in Units, and may continue themes from the preceding term's design module(s).


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 45 hours
Private study hours: 255 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design Project (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

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

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

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.
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.
3 Knowledge of the creative application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation.
4 Knowledge of the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture.
5 Knowledge of the creative application of fine arts to studio design projects, in terms of conceptualisation and representation.
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.
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 An ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
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
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
3 An ability to apply project related in-depth research and analysis to the ideas, development and quality of the design project.
4 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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