DSGN08049 2013 Architectural Context Special Study

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Context Special Study
Transcript Title
Arch Context 4b
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
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 will explore the influence of theoretical issues in architecture on the current work of the student. It will allow students to theoretically examine their own work through a series of presentation methodologies. Through a series of critical writing workshops students will critically analyse their own work.

The module aims

  • To explore issues the learners work by relating them to contemporary architectural theory
  • To investigate the significance of their designs to architectural discourse.
  • To enable students to communicate their own design ideas in the context of issues from contemporary theory and practice
  • To develop ability to champion self-led design and research

Learning Outcomes

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


Compile a series of short texts using critical writing techniques to describe and articulate the key ideas and philosophies inherent in the students design portfolio


Critically appraise their ideas  and relate them to the designs and works of others


Exhibit detailed knowledge of the cultural influences on specialised areas within the practice of architecture and design

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment of individual and/or group presentations and debate. Summative assessment of student’s research and findings  as compiled in the written dissertation.

Indicative Syllabus

  • The importance of why architects need to be able to write
  • Marketing your designs
  • writing proposals
  • Project descriptions
  • Statements of design philosophies and manifestoes
  • Writing for media
  • Writing for on-line
  • Writing as a career

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Dissertation Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Critical writing workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self directed 0 Weekly 0.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Kliment. S (1998) Writing for Design Professionals. W.W. Norton & Co., London

Lange, A. (2012) Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities, Princeton Architectural Press, New York

Spector, T. & Damron, R. (2013) How Architects Write, Routledge, London

Wiseman, C. (2013) Writing Architecture, Trinity University Press, San Antonio


Other Resources


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