DSGN06076 2013 Architectural Context and Theory 2A

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Context and Theory 2A
Transcript Title
Arch Context and Theory 2A
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Emmet O'Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_JINTE_B07 201300 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

This module develops two thematic areas. Part 1 focuses on the programme vision of working with existing buildings and Part 2 will develop the students theoretical and practical knowledge about the mechanics of design, design thinking and language

The module aims to:

  • Give an overview of the history of the occupation and reoccupation of buildings through examples of excellent design practice in this area both nationally and internationally.
  • Explore the theories and conceptual strategies that underlie the design of alterations and additions to existing buildings in material, spatial, formal and cultural terms
  • Expand the students’ design theory knowledge base and ability to use design procedures and processes 
  • Develop students’ ability to think critically by means of reflective practice journal


Learning Outcomes

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


Discuss and demonstrate the application of architectural precedents and design theories at an intermediate level


Demonstrate an understanding of the theories and conceptual strategies that underlie the design of alterations and additions to existing buildings in material, spatial, formal and cultural terms


Analyse and elucidate the theories of design, procedures and processes


Appraise theoretical concepts, and reflect on significant underpinning theory and current research in specified circumstances

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: detailed assignment development and resolutions, presentations, sketchbooks, models & debate

Indicative Syllabus

This module has two main thematic areas- 1. History, theory and criticism of architecture, 2. Mechanics, reasoning and the language of design. 

Part 1

  • Analysing and reading existing buildings                                         
  • Historical overview of the occupation and reoccupation of buildings, regionally, nationally and internationally                                            
  • The theories, strategies and tactics for remodelling, altering and adding to existing buildings                                       

 Part 2

  • Reflective and reflexive practice continued
  • Mechanics of Design - The Problem Solving Process developed  

Field Trip to a major European city                       


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Any 1,2
2 Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Any 1,2
3 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Any 3,4
4 Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Any 3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Architectural Histories, Theories and Criticism 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory The Mechanics of Design, Design Thinking and Language 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Part 1

Bloszies, C. (2011) Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations, Princeton Architectural Press, New York

Brooker and Stone (2004) Rereadings: Interior Architecture And The Design Principles Of Remodelling Existing Buildings, RIBA Enterprises, London

Cramer, J. (2007) Architecture in Existing Fabric: Planning, Design and Building, Birkauser, Basel

Douglas, J. (2006) Building Adaption, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford

Gelfand, L. & Duncan, C. (2012) Sustainable Renovation: Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope, Wiley, New Jersey

Gorse, C. & Highfield, D. (2009) Refurbishment and Upgrading of Buildings, 2nd Ed. Spon Press, London

Jager, F.P. (2010) Old and New: Design Manual for Revitalizing Existing Buildings, Birkhäuser, Basel

Klanten, R. (2009) Build-on: Converted Architecture and Transformed Buildings, Verlag

Van Uffelen, C. (2011) Re-Use Architecture, Braun Publishing, Salenstein

Sandu C.M, (2010) Transformer: Reuse, Renewal, and Renovation in Contemporary Architecture Ginko Press, Berkeley

Unwin, S. (2012) Exercises in Architecture: Learning to Think as an Architect, Routledge, London

Part 2

Adler, David, Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data, Architectural Press, 1999

Ching, Francis D.K, Architecture, Form, Space, and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996

Ching, Francis, D. K, Interior Design Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987

Ching, Francis, D. K, Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975

Clark, Kenneth, (2005), Civilisation, John Murray

Lawson, Bryan, How Designers Think, Architectural Press, 2006

Malnar, J, M & Vodvarka, F, Interior Dimensions: A Theoretical Approach to Enclosed Space, John Wiley & Sons, 1991

Pile, John, F, Interior Design, Harry N Abrams, 1995

Pile, John, F, Colour in Interior Design, McGraw-Hill, 1997

Yee, Rendow, Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, John Wiley & Sons, 1997



Other Resources
  • Field trip budget
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