DSGN06086 2013 Architectural Studio 2

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Studio 2
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
30 - 30 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Michael Roulston, Emmet O'Doherty, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

This module is studio based. It develops the student’s abilities to creatively manipulate concepts and focus on strategic decision making. It incorporates several design projects incorporating guided briefs requiring multi-space multi-level solutions. Live projects and external clients are utilized where possible. Project briefs are formulated to facilitate the development of an understanding of the relationship between cultural, social, technical and environmental issues introduced in the parallel supporting lecture subjects.

Learning Outcomes

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


Utilise the design process in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Integrate basic physical, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning in the conception and generation of simple designs


Incorporate basic systems of form, scale, structure, services, material, light and colour in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Integrate basic climatic, energetic and sustainable requirements in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Display awareness of basic legislation, codes of practice and health and safety in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Apply the appropriate media and methodologies to communicate design ideas and proposals.


Collaborate with peers in a team environment


Work independently in self-directed manner in limited contexts


Analyse interior architecture from a personal view within a global, physical, environmental, historical, cultural and social critical framework.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and/or summative assessment will occur at various strategic points during the process of project /group work with an overall summative assessment  via a portfolio at the end of the year

Indicative Syllabus

A series of studio design projects each with a particular learning outcome focus will be set for the year.  The following overall indicative syllabus should be covered through the combination of the projects

1.  Projects with:

  1. Medium scale spaces – 180m2-1000m2 maximum area
  2. Moderately complex 3D spatial planning
  3. User groups outside students direct experience
  4. Moderately complex but non-specialized client aims
  5. Moderately complex spaces and associated technologies   

2.     Develop a given Brief with guidance

3.     Apply the design process and procedures

  1. Preliminary studies
  2. Concept development
  3. Design realization
  4. Carry out detailed analysis of an existing building – Form & Function
  5. Carry out measurement and condition surveys
  6. Follow a directed programme of work
  7. Basic design detailing including materials and finishes
  8. Integrate other disciplines such as structures and services.

Live projects and external clients are used where possible

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Design projects Continuous Assessment Project 85 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
2 Design Presentation Representation Continuous Assessment Project 15 % OnGoing 6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Architectural Studio Architectural Projects 24 Weekly 24.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Self Directed Learning 18 Weekly 18.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 24.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Design Studio


Alexander, C, Ishikawa, S, Silverstein, M, Jacobson, M, Fiksdahl-King, I, Angel, S. (1977), A Pattern Language, New York,OxfordUniversity Press

Anthony, Kathryn, H. (1991), Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio,New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold

Brawne, Michael, (2003), Architectural Thought: The Design Process And The Expectant Eye, Architectural Press

Burden, Ernest. (1995), Elements of Architectural Design: A Visual Resource, Van Nostrand Reinhold

Ching, Francis. (2nd Edition.), (1996), Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold

Daunt, Stephen. (1996), Communication Skills, Gill & Macmillan Ltd

Hudson, J. (2007), Interior Architecture Now, Laurence King, London

McCarthy, Patsy & Hatcher, (2002), Caroline, Presentation skills: The essential guide for students, Sage Publications

Miller, Sam, (1995), Design Process: A Primer for Architectural and Interior Designers, Von Nostrand Reinhold,

Parnell, Rosie & Sara, Rachel, (2nd edition.), (2007), The Crit: An Architecture Student’s Handbook, Elsevier

Place, Wayne. (2007), Architectural Structures, John Wiley


Journals for all stages


Architectural Review

Architect’s Journal

Building Design


Frame Magazine

Landscape Design

Mark Magazine

RIAI Journal


RIBA Journal

Other Resources


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