Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Architectural Design 3: Resolution

Course summary

Course code: ARCT1042
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Max Dewdney


Introduction and rationale

Students take forward the unit themes and personal research from ARCT 1041 and develop these to become a complete architectural project, that is sited and fully drawn up and physically modeled. The focus of this project is on an in-depth and rigorous design synthesis. Students must show that they have an appropriate method of working to develop an initial idea into a comprehensive and mature proposal.

Pre and co requisites

Successfully passing all level 4 & 5 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 further develop visual, programmatic, strategic references, demonstrating a clear awareness of other architects / designers working in similar fields.

Learning outcomes

You will compile a portfolio, in which you demonstrate:

1. Visual descriptions of the topics/concepts that inform the design through both drawings and physical models as appropriate to the work.
2. Visual references to other architects / designers who have worked with similar concepts / building typologies.
3. Visual descriptions of the physical context in which the project is sited, through both drawings and physical models. This should include site plans and sections to an appropriate scale, but could also include models, time based animations and any other contextualised drawings.
4. Drawings and physically modelled investigations that locate the design on site to scale.
5. Design proposals developed at a scale of 1:500, 1:100, 1:50 as appropriate with an emphasis on innovation, exploration and experimentation of design ideas.

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 scaled and speculative drawings, illustrations, models (physical and/or digital), installations, films, or time based animations. All work must be appropriately documented and coherently presented.
You will make a coherent set of drawings of your architectural proposals at a range of scales including the following which is a guidance list only and not exhaustive and students may decide there are other more appropriate ways to communicate the 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 and external perspective drawings showing the massing and spatial quantities 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 in the 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, 40% pass mark. Outline Details: Portfolio of Design Work.

Formative Assessment: Written feedback from student presentations (crits), design seminars and individual tutorials.