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Module Code: ARC404
Module Title: Design Studio 2
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This design studio aims to further strengthen and consolidate studio design skills, with a view towards students acquiring a well-rounded set of technical and representational abilities. The studio addresses a design brief within the scope of one semester. The outcome is a self-contained studio project presentation. Design proposals should be well-developed, ambitious and resolved and take into account the complex and unpredictable conditions of a particular context. Students are required to demonstrate their ability to devise ambitious architectural strategies and to develop an understanding of technical requirements for architecture, such as the principles of visual, thermal and acoustic environments, climatic design, building technologies, regulatory frameworks and professional practice codes of the building industry in relation to the wellbeing of current and future generations and the requirements of sustainable development. Each student is expected to demonstrate bespoke research in these areas as the project develops in close co-ordination with design development
Learning outcomes 
A. Generate design proposals of medium complexity in response to a design brief, reflecting originality in the application of subject knowledge, and an awareness of the role of hypothesis and speculation in the design process development.

B. Evaluate and present materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction, and integrate these into practicable design proposals.

C. Integrate knowledge of structural, constructional and material systems, and of physical properties and characteristics of building materials and components, considering also the environmental impact of specification choices.

D. Present an understanding of systems for environmental comfort realized within relevant precepts of energy systems, fabric and integrated design.

E. Manage a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals.

Method of teaching and learning 
Individual and group design tutorials, lectures, seminars, workshops, design critiques, individual and group work, self-study, field trips, site visits if applicable.
In this module, spatial, material, formal and organisational adjustments and transformations of a particular context or situation will be employed and tested as methods of embodying and conveying design ideas. Students will exercise their ability to propose design schemes that embody clear and appropriate conceptual frameworks against which the proposals can be evaluated and tested. The conceptual frameworks should be derived from the detailed and precise understanding of a particular design problem. Studio themes can focus on contexts such as mass housing, digital manufacturing, energy efficiency, re-use and recycling of existing structures, smart technologies, interactive and adaptive environments, renovation and heritage strategies, etc.

As well as regular design studio tutorials, specialist input will be introduced to support and review student ambitions in the specific areas, such as structural design, climate engineering, or building services.

Visits to a range of buildings, relevant by typology or geography will be arranged within the project subject to availability and can be supported by the module of Professional Practice that runs in parallel in the semester. Detailed approaches will depend on the specific module briefs developed by teaching staff and presented at the start of the semester.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13    91      196  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Interim Review 30.00
2 Final Submission 70.00

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