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AR30021: Design studio 4.1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 18      [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 360
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Basil Spence (CW 80% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Individual Brief (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop creative collaborative working between architects and engineers. To explore the impact of both structural and environmental engineering on the form and functioning of a building.
To experience the interaction of architecture and engineering through a realistic design project.
To understand how each discipline contributes creatively to the production of a building.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit the student will have demonstrated the following: The ability to produce and present collaboratively a coherent and sophisticated design solution which integrates knowledge of:
* structural and environmental strategies
* issues related to energy use, material use and sustainability
An awareness and understanding of how the processes of construction inform design.
An understanding of:
* the need to appraise and prepare building briefs and to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context;
* the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of design proposals;
The ability to:
* work as part of a team
* reflect upon, and relate their ideas to, a design and to the work of others
* listen, and critically respond to, the views of others An ability to record, manage and appraise their own working practices.

The project will require the teams of students to produce proposals to a given brief which clearly demonstrates the integration of structural and environmental criteria, paying specific attention to energy and sustainability issues which should be apparent in the design solution.

A design project known as the Basil Spence Project, run since 1978. It is undertaken by architectural and engineering students and based on a highly prescriptive brief which integrates structural and environmental criteria and pays specific attention to energy and sustainability issues. It is intended that that technical and material inventiveness are used as the principle generators of the proposal.
Teams are required to design and detail a building of moderate complexity and understand the inherent structural, constructional and environmental qualities.
Specialist lectures are provided to cover particular subjects including cultural and technical issues relevant to the building type.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR30021 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-ANB08 : BSc(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)