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AR30022: Design studio 4.2

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: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
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:
As a conclusion to the course, each student is encouraged to develop a design to their own brief as a vehicle to demonstrate the broad range of knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate studies.

Learning Outcomes:
Within this final project the student is required to generate, develop and resolve a coherent architectural design of moderate complexity. On successful completion of the unit the student will demonstrate:
the 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
* 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.
knowledge of:
* the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach.
* the creative application of such work to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation.
* current planning policy and development control legislation, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and the relevance of these to design development
* strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project
an understanding of:
* the way in which buildings fit into their local context
* the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design
* strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques
* the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices
the skills to:
* prepare designs that will meet building users' requirements and comply with UK legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and safety requirements.

The ability to take responsibility for a building design of moderate complexity, and to incorporate all relevant information (including site selection, spatial planning, structure, construction, environment, etc.) into a coherent building proposal, resolved at all levels.
Research, writing, and three-dimensional representation using a variety of appropriate media culminating in a display of work that communicates critical skills the student has acquired over the last four years.

An individual project that explores contemporary urban or rural conditions in an area defined by the studio leader but on a site chosen by the student.
Proposals should consider the implications any new development may have on changing living/working patterns, transport systems, general infrastructure, etc.
The project will include the preparation of technical studies demonstrating the student's ability to integrate structural, environmental and constructional knowledge within their design.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR30022 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)