ARCT08045 2019 Research + Engagement: Design

General Details

Full Title
Research + Engagement: Design
Transcript Title
Research + Engagement: Design
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)

The module is intended to support your Design Studio Thesis ARCT09002  and provide you with further essential skills relevant to your development as a postgraduate student and into practice. It builds on work you have already completed as part of your Modules in BArch Year 4

Research + Engagement: Design A

The Student will research and develop a theoretical framework to support their 5th year Design Studio Proposition based within the BArch philosophical four key themes, Interpretation of Place, Regionally Transformative Architecture, Architectural Regeneration of Built Heritage and Human Experience and Perception of Space.  They will focus and develop a philosophical and practical stance towards aspects of architecture relating to our geographical and cultural position in Ireland and the imperatives which are emerging at this time in the development of our nation and our place in the world.

Research + Engagement: Design B

To develop the students communication skills and document the process of the student’s Design Studio Thesis ARCT09002 , from inception to submission.   

Learning Outcomes

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


Critically analyse and reflect on their design work and processes, and the work of others, leading to logical and supported judgments.


Develop and apply skills of inquiry relevant to the resolution of their design project


Document the process of design studio thesis project development from inception to submission.


Demonstrate (a range of) communication skills appropriate to communicating the conceptual approach of the thesis project.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Research and Engagement: Design is facilitated using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials.

Module Assessment Strategies


The assessment strategy focuses on the student reflecting and mapping the process of their design studio thesis project, from inception to submission. Regular presentation and discussion forums with peers, lecturers and tutors.

Repeat Assessments

as per ITSligo policy

Indicative Syllabus

Examples and Critiques of architectural briefs, architectural feasibility studies and schematic designs 

research methodologies

case study analysis

design research precedents

appropriate presentation and dissemination modes  

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Thesis Report Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % Week 26 3,4
2 Presentation to define theoretical framework Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % Week 12 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Design Studio lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Design Studio Design Project 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-02-16 Research Methods for Architecture Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1780677537 ISBN-13 9781780677538

While fundamentally a design discipline, architectural education requires an element of history and theory, grouped under the term "research." However, many students struggle with this part of their course. This practical handbook provides the necessary grounding in this subject, addressing essential questions about what research in architecture can be. The first part of the book is a general guide to the fundamentals of how to do research, from assembling a literature review to conducting an interview. The second section presents a selection of case studies dealing with such topics as environmental psychology, the politics of space, ethnographic research, and mapping. The range of methods explored illustrates the variety of possible approaches, with authoritative guidance on how best to deploy a research framework.

Required Reading
2012-10-24 Communicating in the 21st Century John Wiley & Sons Australia
ISBN 1742166326 ISBN-13 9781742166322

Wiley Desktop Edition your complete ELECTRONIC study resource! PLEASE NOTE: This product is digital. There are no refunds available for purchase of Desktop Editions. If youre not sure a Desktop Edition is what youre looking for, check out all the great features yourself in this DEMONSTRATION Download the full text to your computer! Use the search function to locate key concepts! Create your own colourcoded highlights as you revise! Make notes for revision and share them with your friends! To purchase this Wiley Desktop Edition click on the Buy button above. You will receive your registration code via email. To make the most of this products interactive features you should download it to your own personal computer or laptop as follows: Go to Download the Bookshelf application to your personal computer or laptop Follow the instructions on the website to register and redeem your registration code This will download the Wiley Desktop Edition For technical support please visit or email ABOUT THIS BOOK Communicating in the 21st Century (C21), third edition , is the most comprehensive, flexible and affordable resource package ever developed in the field of communication in Australia. Significantly, it is an original work, not an adaptation of a US or UK text. The author, Baden Eunson, has drawn on decades of experience in education and industry, building on the success of previous editions of this text to deliver a total learning package. This third edition of the text is in full colour for the first time, with comprehensive and highly referenced coverage of communication theory continuing to be balanced with extensive practical skill activities. Both the text and its associated digital resources are written in a userfriendly, accessible style, and enhanced by informative illustrations. Each chapter is a tightlystructured learning unit based on specific objectives, and includes selfassessment tasks, ethical dilemma case studies, review questions and applied exercises. In keeping with the contemporary style of the text, a new chapter in this edition analyses the growing phenomenon of communication via social media. In addition, a further 10 chapters are available online and in the ebook version of the text. These chapters provide additional support for students, particularly those with English as a second language: Grammar Punctuation, Spelling and Usage Style Plain English How to Write Scientific and Technical Writing Gender and Communication Media and Communication Communicating with Customers Leadership and Communication Welldeveloped interpersonal and communication skills are increasingly in demand by employers in all industries. In todays competitive career market, C21 is the perfect tool for students, lecturers and professionals.

Recommended Reading
2017-11-22 Telling the Design Story Taylor & Francis
ISBN 9781351849210 ISBN-13 1351849212

When presenting projects in competitive design environments, how you say something is as important as what youre actually saying. Projects are increasingly complex and designers are working from more sources, and many designers are familiar with the struggle to harness this information and craft a meaningful and engaging story from it. Telling the Design Story: Effective and Engaging Communication teaches designers to craft cohesive and innovative presentations through storytelling. From the various stages of the creative process to the nuts and bolts of writing for impact, speaking skills, and creating visuals, Amy Huber provides a comprehensive approach for designers creating presentations for clients. Including chapter by chapter exercises, project briefs, and forms, this is an essential resource for students and practicing designers alike.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Eunson, B. (2012). Communicating in the 21st Century [Google eBook]. Retrieved January 4, 2017 from
Morton, J., & O'Brien, D. (2005). Selling your design: oral communication pedagogy in design education. Communication Education, 54(1), 6-19.
Morton, J. (2006). The integration of images into architecture presentations: a semiotic analysis. Art, Design, and Communication in Higher Education, 5(1), 21-37.
Swales, J. M., Barks, D., Ostermann, A. C., & Simpson, R. C. (2001). Between critique and accommodation: reflections on an EAP course for Masters of Architecture students. English for Specific Purposes, 20, 439-458. DOI: 10.1016/S0889-4906(01)00020-5.

Journal Resources

specific to individual student and project

URL Resources

specific to individual student and project

Other Resources

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.