DSGN06094 2013 Architectural Studio 1

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Studio 1
Transcript Title
Arch Studio1
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
25 - 25 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, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Emmet O'Doherty
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 studio-based module covers several simple studio design projects which will develop an understanding of the relationship between cultural, social, technical and environmental issues introduced in the parallel supporting modules.

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


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


Show a basic awareness of systems of form, scale, material, light and colour in the conception and generation of simple designs


Demonstrate a basic awareness of the climatic, energetic and sustainable requirements in the conception and generation of simple designs


Collaborate with peers in a team environment


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


Work independently in self-directed manner in limited contexts


Examine Interior Architecture  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  by means of a design portfolio at the end of the year

Indicative Syllabus

Skills Workship Block

Introduction to: Freehand sketching, perspective sketching, modelling, verbal presentations and group work

Design Projects

  • The design process - an introduction to the stages and their interrelation
  • Preliminary studies - basic research surveys and assessments
  • The development of simple ideas, concepts and solutions, in response to given briefs
  • Basic site and context analysis
  • Spatial planning- manipulation of space in three dimensions, the ergonomics of personal space, horizontal and vertical circulation
  • Design drawings - relationship diagrams, conceptual, working and finished models, sample boards, sketches, drawings, verbal presentations and group work

The notion of "Dwelling" will underpin the first year design studio.  Human ergonomics and activities and the meaning and relevance of the home and the architecture of the house will be of primary importance.  The relevance of context is introduced with emphasis on connection to place, with a major project in an urban setting.  Students will be encouraged to explore the light, colour, texture of materials, scale and spatial qualities within the context of the technical complexities of domestic scaled architecture

Example of a first project:

A grahic skills based project

Proceeding projects:

  • Small scale
  • Incorporating basic organisational patterning
  • Not exceeding a volume of 500m3 

The sum of the year's project will incorporate:

  • The application of the design process at a basic level
  • The development of simple ideas, concepts and solutions, in response to given briefs using relationship diagrams, conceptual, working and finsihed models, sketches, drawing and oral presentation techniques

The application of Graphic & Oral Techniques to design projects:

  • Architectural drawing conventions
  • Orthographic projection
  • Three dimensional drawing
  • Model making
  • Sample boards
  • Oral presentations

Spatial Planning:

  • Manipulation of space in three dimensions
  • The ergonomics of personal space
  • Horizontal and vertical circulation

Basic site and context analysis

Basic analysis of client/user and function

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Architectural Studio Architectural Projects 22 Weekly 22.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed Learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 22.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Brooker & Stone (2010) Basics Interior Architecture: Elements and Objects, London; AVA

Ching, F.D.K. (2nd Edition.), (1996), Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, New York; Van Nostrand Reinhold

Coles, J. & House, N. (2007) The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture, London; AVA

Farrelly, L. (2007) The Fundamentals of Architecture, London; AVA

Other Resources

Architectural Review

Architect’s Journal

Building Design

Frame Magazine

RIAI Journal

RIBA Journal

Additional Information