Aims and Fit of Module
This module examines the practice of architecture as a complex form of professional advocacy. The course introduces students to the basic framework of Law, building economics, procurement models and professional ethics within the practice of architecture. The profession of architecture is contextualized in its relationships to social, economic and political backgrounds as they pertain to China, UK and other countries.
Students are encouraged to examine how buildings are planned, managed and constructed in professional practice through individual research and through seminar presentations and discussions. The aim of the module is to provide students with a solid understanding of professional approaches and behaviour. The implications of various building codes and forms of practice on architectural processes will also be discussed in a variety of formats, among students, teaching staff and invited guests.
A Present an understanding of the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and the wider society.
B Formulate an understanding of the role of the architect within the design team and construction industry, recognising the importance of current methods and trends in the construction of the built environment, including procurement, understanding of financial factors, and cost control mechanisms.
C Account for designs that will meet building users’ requirements and comply with relevant legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and safety requirements.
D Build up a demonstrable ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal professional responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.
E Suggest moral and ethical responses to a variety of hypothetical practical situations with which architects are commonly confronted.
F. Demonstrate the ability to understand, analyse and compare different building codes with a specific focus on the U.K. and P.R.C. ones;
Method of teaching and learning
Lectures, self-study, seminar discussions, essay writing