Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Architectural Design 2: Resolution

Course summary

Course code: ARCT1040
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Max Dewdney


Introduction and rationale

This course provides the opportunity for students to take project themes, ideas and designs established in ARCT 1039 and develop these further into architectural proposals, which should be sited, drawn up and physically modeled at an appropriate scale. The focus of this course is an in depth attempt at design synthesis, while providing students an opportunity to experiment with personal ways of developing and representing ideas and their subsequent translation into formal architectural proposals.

Projects should be presented as completely, concisely and clearly as possible, so that it can be assessed and examined.

Pre and co requisites

Successfully passing all level 4 courses


• To acquire skills and tactics in design synthesis, where initial design ideas and project themes are developed into coherent architectural design projects.
• To develop appropriate forms of representation, suitable for the sets of ideas being explored within the design unit in a convincing way
• To develop visual ways of communicating ideas and design development, through drawings, models, and other appropriate forms of representation in relation to your unit
• To develop visual references and an awareness of other architects / designers working in similar fields that may relates to or inform the themes of your investigation

Learning outcomes

1. Produce site and design research that informs and develops an architectural project
2. Produce design iterations that demonstrates an ability to develop initial ideas into a resolved architectural proposal
3. To experiment with different forms of representation to find an appropriate and individual method of working
4. To demonstrate a high level of detailed design resolution in architectural design
5. To clearly demonstrate an architectural projects relationship to the site and context
6. To clearly demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of scale, circulations, organisation
7. To demonstrate a sophisticated three-dimensional understanding of the design work
8. To clearly show the enclosures of the buildings with an awareness of appropriate thickness, areas of transparencies and solidity and supporting structures

Indicative content

Students will be required to demonstrate the development their Design Project with reference to their research course work and will present their project through a design portfolio that may include drawings, illustrations, models (physical and/or virtual), installations, films, animations, interactive media and performance.

Projects should be documented through a coherent set of architectural drawings at a range of scales including the following which is for guidance purposes only and not exhaustive; Importantly students may decide there are other more appropriate ways to communicate their project.

• 1:500 site plan showing the proposal in context
• 1:50 section showing construction, structure and materiality
• 1:100 floor plans demonstrating circulation of the building
• 1:100 elevation showing the surrounding context
• Internal perspective drawings showing internal qualities of the building proposal
• External perspective drawings showing the massing and indicative material qualities of the proposal

NB: The proposal must have a site plan that shows the project in the context of the site at an urban scale of 1:1250 or 1:500.

Teaching and learning activity

Design teaching takes place though project work based in Design Units consisting of a mix of year 2 & 3 students. Students will work individually guided by their design tutors.

The design portfolio will be provisionally assessed through an interim and final crits, against
the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the course. Where models, videos, full-scale constructions, or animations are to be assessed, these must be also documented and included within the final portfolio.

There will also be an Interim Portfolio review at the end of Semester 1, followed by a formal portfolio examination at the end of Semester 2.

There will be plenty of opportunities for formative assessment. This takes place at ‘crits’, at mid-year portfolio reviews, and during design seminars and tutorials. (Note: a ‘crit’ is usually a public project review of the student’s work discussed by tutors, invited external critics from academia or practice, and students).


Portfolio Assessment - 100% weighting, pass mark of 40%. Outline Details: Portfolio of Design Work.
Formative Assessment: Written feedback from student presentations (crits), design seminars and individual tutorials.