ARCT06014 2019 Architectural Context & Theory 2

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Context & Theory 2
Transcript Title
Architectural Context & Theory
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Mary Byrne
Programme Membership
SG_VARCH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARCH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)

Transformation and Interiority

The module focuses on the power of the individual building to transform, and introduces theories of human experience and perception of space. Exploring interiority through theoretical and practical examples, the focus on the intimate dialogue between the user and the space they inhabit is interrogated, emphasising the layered relationships between the user, function, site and the spatial experience of architecture.

The context modules provide the skills to research and analyse a range of issues related to architecture and introduces the core vision points of the programme: interpretation of place; the power of architecture to transform; the possibilities of reusing and adapting our built heritage; and human experience and perception of space.​ These modules provide the theoretical framework for the design projects.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Analyse architectural design theories and processes relating to the transformative power of architecture within culture.


Analyse key architectural and cultural theories relating to the interior.


Examine these theories through conventional architectural modes and styles of discourse.


Discuss the impact of these theories on the user from an experiential perspective.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The Teaching and Learning strategies for Architectural Context & Theory I comprises a series of 12 thematic lectures and weekly 1 hour seminar and/or tutorial based activities. Lectures supported by images and texts, provide the themes concepts and general context. Seminars offer opportunities for more detailed thematic, analyses, textual analyses and group discussion. Workshops allow for focused interaction, research methodologies and oral communication strategies.

Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment deliverables address the module learning outcomes. The assessment strategy focuses on the student's introduction to the subject Architectural Context and Theory through:

  • Research and visual methodologies
  • Information literacy skills
  • Written composition
  • Oral presentation


A range of continuous, performance assessment techniques are used in each subject area including projects; portfolio; essays; reports; presentations; and a reflective/learning journal. Students are provided with relevant and informative feedback during interactive dialogue including comments on stated objectives at the end of each stage of a piece of coursework and this includes feedback from peers as well as tutors. A criterion-referenced model of summative assessment is employed at the end of each project. Core criteria are used while remaining open to additional criteria suggested by students and agreed with their assessors. Individual module areas are marked by means of 100% continuous assessment


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.​

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Wk 1 - Lecture 1: Introduction: Module Overview. Seminar/Tutorial 1: Readings / Discussion

Wk 2 - Lecture 2: Craft and Organic Influence; Seminar/Tutorial 2: Readings / Discussion

Wk 3 - Lecture 3: Modernism; Seminar/Tutorial 3: Readings / Discussion

Wk 4 - Lecture 4: Late Modernism and Brutalism; Seminar/Tutorial 4: Readings / Discussion

Wk 5 - Lecture 5: Deconstructivism and Neo-Modernism, Critical Regionalism; Seminar/Tutorial 5: Readings / Discussion

Wk 6 - Assignment 1: Presentation; Seminar/Tutorial 6: One to One Tutorials Assignment 1

Wk 7 - Field Trip to European City

Wk 8 - Lecture 8: Human Experience: Interiority; Seminar/Tutorial 8: Readings / Discussion

Wk 9 - Lecture 9: Inside Out; Seminar/Tutorial 10: Readings / Discussion

Wk 10 - Lecture 10: Outside In; Seminar/Tutorial 10: Readings / Discussion

Wk 11 - Lecture 11: Concepts of home; Seminar/Tutorial 11: Readings / Discussion

Wk 12 - Lecture 12: Phenomenology; Seminar/Tutorial 12: One to One Tutorials Assignment 2

Wk 13 – Assignment 2: Essay Submission












Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation Continuous Assessment Individual Project 35 % Week 6 1,3
2 Essay Formative Individual Project - % Week 13 2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Seminar 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016 The Space Within: Interior Experience as the Origin of Architecture Reaktion

Required Reading
2016 The Language of Modernism: In Words and buildings: a vocabulary of modern architecture. Thames and Hudson

Required Reading
2018 The Bauhaus: 1919-1933: Reform And Avant-Garde. Taschen

Required Reading
2007 Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture Mariner Books

Required Reading
2005 The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses Wiley

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended reading:

Bloszies, C. (2012). Old buildings, new designs.  New York, USA: Princeton Architectural Press, Architecture Briefs series.

Bollack, F. (2013). Old buildings, new forms: new directions in architectural transformations. New York, The Monacelli Press

Breitling S. Cramer J. (2007). Architecture in Existing Fabric Planning Design Building Birkhäuser

Brand, S. (1994). How Buildings Learn – What happens after they are built. Penguin Books

Brooker, G. & Stone, S. (2004). Re-readings: Interior Architecture and the Design Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings. London RIBA Enterprises.

Cragoe, C. D. (2008). How to read buildings: a crash course in architectural styles. Rizzoli.

Keogh, P. (2012). Shaping the future: case studies in adaptation and reuse in historic urban environments. Ireland: Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gealtacht.

Hunt, R., & Boyd, I. (2017). New design for old buildings. UK: RIBA Publishing.

Kristal, M. (2017). The New Old House: Historic and modern architecture combined. New York, USA: Abrahms.

Littlefield D., & Lewis S. (2007). Architectural voices – listening to old buildings. Wiley.

McCullough N., & Mulvin V. (1987).  A lost tradition – the nature of architecture in Ireland. Ireland: Gandon Editions.

McCullough, N. (2014). Palimpest – intervention and change in Irish architecture. Ireland: Anne Street Press.

Rothery S. (1997). A field guide to the buildings of Ireland. Ireland: Lilliput Press.

Scott, F. (2008). On altering architecture. Routledge.

Shaffrey P., & Shaffrey, M. (1984). Buildings of Irish towns: treasures of everyday architecture. Architectural Press

Wong, L. (2011). Adaptive reuse: extending the lives of buildings.

Various authors (2002-2017). An Introduction to the architectural heritage 1- 27. Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage [NIAH] Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Journal Resources

see module handbook

URL Resources

see module handbook