KA4012 - Architecture Project 1.2

What will I learn on this module?

An advancement in the principles, practices and theoretical motivations of the architectural design process forms your core learning journey on this module. You will combine your developing appreciation and focussed interpretation of conceptual notions with an emerging understanding of physical context, narrative and spatial awareness within your design solutions to set project briefs that will provoke response to a given set of conditions relating to place, form, architectural language and material. Within your project work you will develop your critical learning skills, your reflective attitude to design solutions and your application of two and three-dimensional representation to refine and convey your ideas.

How will I learn on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of individual and group tutorials, workshops and set project work. Where applicable, projects will include site visit to real site within the local. Presentations will introduce project briefs and associated thematic information, seminars will help you to develop your visual communication skills and studio-based tutorials support you through your learning journey. The participatory weekly design tutorial provides you with a forum to discuss personal or group progress and your associated project work. Tutors will provide you with formative feedback in a variety of forms to support you in your personal reflection and with the progression of your project work. Directed learning will allow you to research any thematic issues raised within your tutorials, independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes in response and being situated within the design studios will help you to develop peer learning and peer support skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through scheduled weekly tutorials as the primary conduit for your design project discussion where you will receive formative feedback from your tutor. In addition, progress reviews at key intervals form collegiate occasions for further guidance and formative assessment of your work. Periods of self-directed and peer learning are essential for personal research, creative explorational and development of project work whilst our open-door policy allows you to seek further support should you need it.
Direct participation in design tutorials, group discussion and associated taught content is essential to your development. The formative feedback you receive each week can be in a variety of forms; verbal, written and drawn, and is provided throughout the duration of the module. Written feedback will be provided at summative assessment points to help you reflect, develop and learn. In addition, project briefs, presentations, relevant associated module information and reading lists will be uploaded to the eLearning Portal (Blackboard), so that you can access module content when you need to. The university library offers support through its extensive physical and on-line resources, through e-reading lists, guidance on developing academic study skills and with IT support, as provided by the Ask4Help facility.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
KU 1. Knowledge and practical applications of architectural design processes

KU 2. Creative and functional synthesis of design intentions, technological and environmental knowledge, and aesthetic responses

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Communicate ideas and proposals effectively in appropriate media and presentations using verbal, written, manual 2D and 3D visual communication methods

IPSA 2. Generate, test and develop ideas into appropriate design solutions, incorporating reflection upon decisions and process

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. Demonstrate personal development and reflection with respect to motivation, management and reflective learning in an academic context

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within regular tutorials and at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection within each of the projects, towards all module learning outcomes.

Summative assessment is of the single submitted component design project covering all MLO’s:

1. Architecture Project 1.2

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn forms, which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place in project reviews at the end of the module.





Module abstract

This project-based module further develops your holistic design skills and your creative process within set design investigations. You will develop your visual communication skills further as you broaden your architectural design enquiry, exploring specific contexts and disciplines associated which contemporary architectural thought. Increasing your design awareness will further encourage you to be more detailed in your exploration of 2D and 3D design communication and your physical making processes and skills. Small scale design-based investigations will help you to build upon previously acquired creative critical thought, experimentation and independent judgement, within design propositions that will explore specific architectural conditions and themes associated with place, form, language and materiality. You will learn to develop focussed precedent analysis as you further develop an attitude to climate awareness and ethic, socially sustainable architectural practice within your design solutions.

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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