ARCT08041 2019 Research + Engagement: Regional

General Details

Full Title
Research + Engagement: Regional
Transcript Title
Research + Engagement: Regiona
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
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)

This module is an integral part of Architecture at IT Sligo. It aims to be outreaching and influencing, engaging students of architecture with the wider public and region of the North West, and with projects that will accommodate research on a wide spectrum of issues relevant and current to this region. Varying research projects will allow students and collaborators to look at the region in a new light and help to strengthen connections on many levels. The projects selected will aim to highlight and facilitate discourse around the issues relevant to architecture in the North West region and focus on the potential of architecture as a regionally transformative practice. The research projects also aim to allow students to pursue their own personal interests within the discipline of architecture in a flexible framework. The necessary background in terms of local history and processes of governance that shape Sligo and the region as a place will be provided. This module also introduces students of architecture to current thinking at the scales of the building, city, region, enabling them to participate in current debates and begin to define their own area of theoretical interest. Students will learn to be adept at accessing and comprehending primary literature, most often in journals, and judging the quality of an argument. This module will  aim to develop and facilitate collaborative projects, events and exhibitions with the regional profession and consolidate our programme vision, which is both inspired by the region and offers inspiration to those practicing in the region.

Learning Outcomes

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


Establish individual research skills and develop critical thinking as instruments for appraisal and innovation in the culture of architecture and landscape.


Analyse case studies of architectural research, and related research questions and processes in order to develop and compile an architectural response to the complex problem identified 


Engage in multimodal communication of design utilizing a range of advanced and innovative media and representational techniques


Demonstrate systematic and critical understanding of local, regional, national and international contexts for planning and development through relating information in the expression of a proposal that establishes relevant and responsible arguments.


Distil from diverse experiences and input from lecturers, collaborators and expert practitioners useful insights that resolve and synthesise diverse and potentially conflicting requirements.


Participate and collaborate actively in team work.


Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse individual learning requirements and work independently in a self-directed manner through reflective logs.


Demonstrate competence in communicating results of research and innovation to peers and through public presentation with external audiences.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered in an intense seminar/ workshop format. Lectures, Tutorials, Readings, Case studies, field trips and assignments introduce the North West region as a place. An understanding of the critical issues affecting the development of particular rural and urban places in the region will be developed from interaction with academics, the community, local authorities, stakeholders and interested professionals depending on the research project. Evidence based decision-making is derived from practical application of various recording and projective techniques. Students will be expected to participate in critical reviews of their work with their peers, tutors, visiting lecturers and invited external guests in order to further enhance presentation skills, communication techniques and critical discussion in support of their ideas. Students will be directed to read and further their knowledge and understanding through self directed learning. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Coursework is assessed at the end of the semester through:

Design Portfolio (60%)

Reflective Logs (25%

Public Presentation (15%)

Formative feedback is given throughout the Semester both verbally and in written form and Summative Feedback is given in written form at the end of the Semester.

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

The structure of the module is a flexible framework to accommodate research projects on a wide range of issues related to the North West region. The subject matter will vary depending on research interests, live projects, external collaborations and available funding. The module will facilitate the engagement between students of architecture, the community, local authorities, stakeholders and interested professionals to demonstrate the capacity of architecture in developing empirical and qualitative research relevant to the development and progress of the North West region.

Focus will be to:

  1. Position IT Sligo as a key stakeholder in regional development and reach out to the wider community in selected areas including creativity, social entrepreneurship and good citizenship through architectural design.
  2. Develop an ethos of civic leadership for the focus of expertise in regional development.
  3. Support active citizenship and facilitate individuals, organisations and communities to develop the skills and capacities to foster economic, social and cultural development and participation through architectural studio projects.
  4. Provide leadership and develop an academic support framework for the artistic and creative sector in the northwest region.
  5. Initiate links with other architecture schools both nationally and internationally in order to broaden student experience an enhance programme development.
  6. Develop a Creative Forum at IT Sligo to enhance the BArch programmes visibility, identity and ethos 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective Logs Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % Week 13 7
2 Design Portfolio Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5
3 Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 15 % OnGoing 3,6,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Architectural Studio Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-03-20 Leading Collaborative Architectural Practice John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119169246 ISBN-13 1119169240

"The book is structured in five parts that present the history and contemporary conditions that shape today's building industry, the tools and tactics needed to develop and foster collaboration amongst various project stakeholders, and explores the changing nature of the workforce, emerging technologies, and innovative business models that will impact the future of our practice. Each of the parts is briefly outlined below"--

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Specific to student and project

Journal Resources

A+U, Tokyo, Architecture and Urbanism Press

AA Files, London, Architectural Association

Architectural Research Quarterly, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Cities / Current Research on Cities, Amsterdam, Elsevier

City, Culture and Society, Amsterdam, Elsevier

European Planning Studies, Oxford, Routledge

International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, Oxford, Taylor and Francis

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Oxford, Routledge

Journal of Architecture, Oxford, Routledge.

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Oxford, Taylor and Francis

Journal of Urban Design, Oxford, Routledge

Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Reston VA, ASCE

Land Economics, Madision, University of Wisconsin Press

Landscape Journal, Madison, University of Wisconsin Press

Landscape Research Journal, Oxford, Taylor and Francis

Society and Natural Resources, Oxford, Routledge

Topos, Munich, Callwey

Urban Design, London, RUDI

Other Resources

Specific to student and project


Additional Information

Refer to Architecture Space and Resource provision Handbook.

Dedicated studio space for each student registered on the the academic year of the BArch programme.

Including but not limited to: 

Drawing Board, Layout space, wall space, drawing/model storage, materials storage.

Printing and scanning facilities (A0, A1, A2, A3).

Model Making benches, cutting surfaces, hand tools, lazer cutters, 3Dprinters

Technology/Materials Lab

Critique space

General and Archive storage.