KA4003 - Architectural Design Projects 1

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What will I learn on this module?

This studio-based module focuses on the development and understanding of the processes involved within architectural design. It provides an opportunity for you to experience the challenges and rigours of designing to authentic design briefs. The module focuses on the three key elements of architecture, firmness, commodity and delight, which are synthesized in the design and construction of small scale environments. Your future design projects will build upon these principles, elements that are common throughout architectural design. Most of the design work will be undertaken in studio, working in small teams and individually to create solutions to set briefs. You will develop a working application of the following activities:

• Site analysis and research
• Research into architectural typologies and precedents
• Generating design proposals and testing alternative solutions
• Developing design processes that synthesize aesthetics, construction and function
• Responding to client and end-user needs
• Communicating design proposals via a selection of appropriate communications methods
• Integrating technical and environmental considerations into architectural design

How will I learn on this module?

This studio design module will be delivered using a combination of workshops, project work, group and individual tutorials with academic staff. Lectures will be used to introduce projects and theories relevant to project work. Students will work in groups and individually within the set design projects.

You will be provided with guidance by staff in group and individual tutorials, at which you will be expected to discuss how and why your design proposals are developing. You will receive regular progress tutorials and reviews to provide formative assessment on individual and group projects, and you will be encouraged to participate in these discussions. Directed learning will guide you towards relevant research on issues raised in tutorials. Independent learning will be encouraged for you to investigate themes related to your design projects and processes.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by with weekly guidance from tutors, where you will discuss the development and progress of your proposals in response to the set design briefs. Regular progress reviews will provide you with individual and group feedback on how to improve design skills. As such, you will be expected to participate in discussions and dialogue regarding your work, to clarify your intentions and how successfully your goals are being achieved. Feedback will be offered in a variety of relevant forms – verbal, written and drawn – in order to aid your learning as well as to encourage your reflective self-appraisal of your learning.

All lecture and seminar material will be available on the eLearning Portal (eLP) so that you can access information when you need to. In addition, the university library offers support for all students by providing electronic reading lists and an excellent Ask4Help Online service. This can be used if you are having difficulty or would like some advice when undertaking your own research on the module. IT support is also on hand if you are experiencing difficulties accessing university systems.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1. Knowledge and practical applications of architectural design processes

KU 2. Creative and functional synthesis of design intentions, technological and environmental knowledge, and aesthetic responses

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Communicate ideas and proposals effectively in appropriate media and presentations using verbal, written, manual 2D and 3D visual communication methods

IPSA 2. Generate, test and develop ideas into appropriate design solutions, incorporating reflection upon decisions and process

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

PVA 1. Demonstrate personal development and reflection with respect to motivation, management and reflective learning in an academic context

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within regular tutorials and at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection within each of the projects, towards all module learning outcomes.

Summative assessment comprises the submission of small-scale architecture projects which together encompass the module learning outcomes.

1. Architecture Project 1 (40%)
MLO: KU1, KU2, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1

2. Architecture Project 2 (60%)
MLO: KU1, KU2, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn from which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of their work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place after project reviews by all staff.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Within this design module, your focus will be on the initial development and understanding of the processes inherent within small-scale architectural design. You will be provided with an opportunity to engage with the challenges and opportunities of your first independent attempts at designing in response to set briefs, located in an authentic setting. You will be exposed to the principles of design through staged projects aimed at developing an introductory understanding of the discipline. On this module, you will focuses on three key elements of architecture, namely firmness, commodity and delight, which are synthesized in the design and construction of small scale environments. Further design projects will build upon this experience, and allow you to continue to explore and exploit the first principles of architectural design processes. You will undertake most of your design work in studio, working in both small groups and individually to create solutions to set design briefs. You will receive verbal, written and drawn feedback and assessment on your design project work in two ways; formatively via regular tutorials and at strategic stages to provide on-going guidance, and summatively at the end of each project to establish opportunity for reflection, independent learning, and identification of knowledge and skills to be improved in future projects.

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 30

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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