DSGN07055 2013 Architectural Studio 3

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Studio 3
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
30 - 30 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Bernadette Donohoe
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 consolidates the students’ understanding of the design process as applied to resolving complex design problems within the framework of a directed brief. It will develop students’ design skills to a level where they can synthesise all of the relevant and disparate factors, influences and requirements within the design solution. Consolidate the students’ understanding of the diversity, richness and relevance of architecture, interior architecture and design and an understanding of the significance of cultural, social, technical and environmental influences and requirements to interior architecture and design.

Learning Outcomes

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


Synthesise physical, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning in the conception and generation of complex designs in response to a directed brief


Integrate systems of form, structure, elements, materials, colour, light and services in the conception and generation of complex designs in response to a directed brief


Incorporate the climatic, energetic and sustainable requirements in the conception and generation of complex designs in response to a directed brief


Integrate legislation, codes of practice and health and safety within the design solution


Communicate design ideas through visual, verbal and written methods and utilise appropriate media and graphic techniques


Manage the research process and solve design problems contextually in response to a directed brief


Collaborate with peers in a team environment and Work independently in a self directed manner


Demonstrate an awareness of specification and building costs relevant to design proposal


Examine interior architecture and interior design from a personal view within a critical framework - global, physical, environmental, historical, cultural and social


Integrate theories of architecture, urban design and landscape within a design solution

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. A criterion referenced model (CRA) of summative assessment will be used at the end of each project including a portfolio submission at the end of the year.  Assessment will be process, outcome/ performance orientated and ‘assessment for learning’ modes will be employed during the process of project work to provide constructive feedback.   The emphasis will be on: responding contextually; design integration; three-dimensional problem solving skills; communication skills; acceptance of responsibility for learning; and the use of a broad range of learning resources

Indicative Syllabus

Design studio continues to build on the design processes iterated in the previous years and emphasise the idea of integrated holistic design solutions.  Comprising of a directed studio project of a complexity requiring a synthesis of material from the entire syllabus to date.  Students will be required to demonstrate higher order learning at all stages of the design process in practice including:


Preliminary studies:

Problem statement and Brief development

Basic research, surveys and evaluations that includes investigating physical issues around the problem both general and particular

Contextual studies including physical, urban, cultural, social and historical contexts

Precedent studies

Design Development:

Concept studies and development which includes examining and evaluating design/aesthetic, urban and technical considerations

Conceptual 3D modelling including form and space generation

Sketch Design Drawings; relationship diagrams; sketches; sample boards

Implications of building costs

Design Realisation:

Detailed design drawings including planning; and circulation 

Detailed technical decisions relating to the realisation of concept that includes constructional and structural strategies

The Presentation Environment

Current General/Global issues such as sustainability; contextual fit

Multidisciplinary Collaboration


Specifically Projects will address:

1.     Project with:

  • Specialist function
  • Multiple users
  • Complexity of scales and spaces

2.     Develop a given Brief with guidance

3.     Develop Concepts and Design Strategies under guidance

4.     Apply the Design Process and Procedures

5.     Carry out detailed analysis of an existing building – Form & Function

6.     Carry out  Measurement and Condition Surveys

7.     Follow a directed Programme of Work

8.     Comprehensive Design Detailing

9.     Detail Materials and Finishes

10.   Provide a Basic Specification

11.   Integrate other disciplines such as structures, services, quantities and costs

12.   Complete a Planning Application for change of use

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 Design Presentation Architectural Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 85 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Full Time Mode Workload

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

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Anderson, J. (2007) Architectural Design. London: Ava publishing

Holgate, A, (1992), Aesthetics of Built Form,  OxfordUniversity Press

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

Lawson, B, (1997), How Designers Think: The Design Process Demystified, Architectural Press

Ruedi, R, (2003), The Portfolio: An Architectural Student’sHandbook, Architectural Press


Other Resources

Architectural Review

Architect’s Journal

Building Design


Frame Magazine

Landscape Design

RIAI Journal

RIBA Journal

Additional Information