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This subject focuses on the architectural design development of complex building types (e.g. highly bespoke high-rise, large commercial or institutional buildings), which generally are not studied in detail at undergraduate level. Students explore and translate their own complex design propositions into an architectural proposal that considers:
- Economic feasibility;
- Programme-based technical requirements;
- Regulatory inputs to architectural design;
- Assembly of structural construction systems;
- Environmental design;
- Building enclosure and materiality;
- Current industry practice and innovation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should be able to:
- Communicate architectural ideas through documentation of large and complex projects and procurement methods.
- Apply knowledge of construction technology and environmental sciences in the development and coordination of architectural design proposals.
- Demonstrate understanding of building materials, structural and construction systems, including their terminology and the role of consultants and contractors.
- Demonstrate an appreciation of relevant regulatory principles and controls and their material implications on architectural design and project documentation.
- Resolve and present detailed design solutions with the appropriate selection and consideration for quality and purpose of building systems, materials, components, and finishes.
- Design development
- Architectural documentation
- The technical and communication skills to generate design and contractual documentation that clearly conveys information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences and that enables a design project to be realised.
- The ability to work individually and collaboratively to prepare and deliver a design project.
- Coordination of specialist inputs
- Model making (digital and physical)
Last updated: 10 November 2023