KA5002 - Architectural Design Projects 2

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will advance your creative enquiry and design knowledge within set design projects. These will allow you to analyse and apply the principles of architecture within an existing context that contribute to a sense of place and give specific consideration to the human scale. You will have opportunities to develop concepts and research towards meaningful integrated design proposals with increasing complexity as you progress. Through design project work, you will demonstrate your understanding of the application of design, technology and client requirements within a small to medium scale solution and improve your verbal and graphical communication skills, both traditional and contemporary. In particular, you will develop and advancing appreciation of;

- ergonomics
- site research and analysis
- context and narrative studies
- spatial diagramming and planning
- concept modelling
- design development
- sketch design proposition
- advancing communication

How will I learn on this module?

You will work on studio based design projects within this module, which are taught by individual and group tutorials and supported by additional workshops, project focused seminars and site visits. Lectures will be used to introduce projects and theories relevant to project work and you will work in groups and individually within the set design projects. You will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills to manage your progress, subject development and areas of personal enquiry and approach.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported with weekly guidance during tutorials, where you will discuss the development of your ideas and solutions to the set design projects. You will benefit from regular progress reviews as formative assessment on an individual and group basis, and are encouraged to participate in discussions about your work, your development and that of your peers. Feedback on formative and summative assignments will be offered in verbal, written and drawn form which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of your work and performance. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate you own themes and ideas. All project material will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when you need to and we operate an open door policy to help support student learning when it is needed most. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help Online service.

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. Articulate the context of a specific site through analysis of the spatial and aesthetic qualities of an idea with flexibility and individuality

KU 2. Develop an architectural solution that integrates the social, aesthetic and technical requirements of a brief

KU 3. Articulate an individual attitude on the integrative relationship between the user, form, environment, structure and materiality

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Apply advanced research and analytical skills with consideration of the influences of architectural histories and theories.

IPSA 2. Apply advanced research and analytical skills with consideration of the influences of the physical, artistic and cultural contexts on the design process

IPSA 3. Formulate appropriate manual and digital 2D and 3D visual communication methods and media to convey and evaluate design ideas with understanding of architectural drawing conventions

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

PVA 1. Manage and appraise your working practices and problem solving within deadlines in a logical and lateral manner

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within regular tutorials, as well as at interim reviews, providing ongoing developmental guidance and reflection focussed upon the process and outputs of your studio design projects.

Summative assessment is based on a portfolio submission of your design development and outputs.

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn form which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of their work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place by portfolio reviews of your studio design projects at the end of the module.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Within this design project module, you will develop creative solutions to authentic, practice based project scenarios which provide an opportunity to advance your understanding on approaches to architecture. You will build upon design principles experienced within previous projects and you will develop, test and communicate your ideas in relation to the adaptation of existing environments. You will study within creative design studios, working either in small teams or individually to create solutions to set design briefs with an emphasis on the human scale, narrative exploration, the manipulation of language, form making and the influence of site characteristics within the remodelling of existing space. You will receive verbal, written and drawn feedback and assessment on your design project work in two ways; formatively within regular tutorials and at strategic stages to provide ongoing guidance and summatively at the end of each project to establish opportunity for reflection and independent learning.

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 2019 or September 2020

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