DSGN07053 2013 Architectural Context and Theory 3B

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Context and Theory 3B
Transcript Title
Arch Context and Theory 3B
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
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_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

This module develops two thematic areas. Part 1 explores the human experience, place and identity in a cultural and regional context.  Part 2 will consolidate the students critical thinking skills in the ways that analysis, research and context inform designing and design outputs

The module aims to:

  • Strengthen students confidence in critical and analytical thinking and encourage architectural discussion and debate that involves the student relating their views to the ideas and work of others
  • Introduce the histories and theories of architectural regionalism
  • Explore theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence on architectural design in a cultural and regional context
  • Prepare students to engage critically with their dissertation topic
  • Consolidate the students’ design theory knowledge base and critical thinking skills to do with using design procedures and processes 
  • Consolidate the students’ knowledge and skill base in dealing with issues of form, space and order and their relationship to aspects of use and cultural meaning

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 advanced level


Question and communicate the impact of theories of critical regionalism and identity in architecture and interior architecture in written form


Develop and express coherent opinions on the relationship between the needs of people and communities, their buildings, and the psychological experience of architecture and interior architecture


demonstrate an adequate understanding of the influence of the theories, practices and technologies of the arts on architectural design in a cultural and regional context


Research and synthesise theory, frame problems, apply analyses and critical judgement, and formulate strategies for action in the development of design solutions


Prepare a dissertation proposal

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

  • Histories and theories of architectural regionalism  
  • Theories, practices and technologies of the arts as an influence on architectural design in a cultural and regional context                                    
  • Preparing for the dissertation                                                                                      

 Part 2

  • Reflective and reflexive practice consolidated
  • Judgement and critical thinking in design evaluation



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Any 1,2,3,4
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % Any 5
3 Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Any 6

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

Canisaro, Vincet B., (2006), Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity and Tradition, Princeton Architectural Press

Lefaivre L. and Tsonis A., (2003), Critical Regionalism: Architecture and Identity in a Globalised World, Prestel Verlag

Lefaivre L. and Tsonis A., (2011) Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization: Peaks and Valleys in the Flat World Prestel Verlag

Part 2

Alexander, C., (1977), A Pattern Language: O.U.P

Bachelard G, (1992), The Poetics of Space, Beacon Press

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

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

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
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