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This studio emphasises how successful architectural designs express ideas based in well-grounded, critical thinking, and on values manifest in visions of desired futures. Through design projects and analysis of seminal works, students will develop both design ideas for projects and architectural expressions of those ideas. Autonomous studio options will cover a range of project types including housing, public institutions and urban design, taught with an emphasis on architecture as idea, materiality or program. Students will be expected to choose a different emphasis and project type than for Studios C and D, and to demonstrate an advanced level of design resolution, conceptual engagement and aesthetic expression. The studio will be vertically integrated with Architectural Design Studios C & D to ensure a wide range of choice and inter-level learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Successfully create and resolve the design of a building of medium complexity
- Communicate a complex design vision in a clear and professional manner
- Integrate the diverse requirements of larger scale architectural projects
- Assess both the efficacy and the efficiency of their designs against possible alternatives
- Develop performance-based design
- Evaluate design decisions against industrial, environmental and site conditions, building scale and general principles of sustainability.
- Identification of emergent trends in practice
- Understanding of relevant policies and practices
- Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse, design and communicate
- Appropriate use of technical terminology
- Analysis and synthesis of data in order to prepare proposals
- Evaluation of existing knowledge
- The ability to efficiently locate available information and to make effective use of it.
Last updated: 6 December 2019