KA7034 - Integrated Architecture Project

What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will produce an architectural response to a set context that demonstrates a high level of skill and confidence in intuitive, creative and innovative design. You will have opportunity to demonstrate an integrated response to a design problem, encompassing design and management, technology, environment and spatial programme via an authentic design scenario within a complex urban setting. You will synthesis your creative knowledge to explore the architectural condition and produce a response that draws upon your studio and professional practice to respond to the needs of a client brief and its end user. You will design with ownership of the poetic assemblage of your scheme, whilst exploring individual and imaginative methods of ideas development, communication and resolution. You studies will include …

Site analysis & context studies (social; political; economic; cultural; legal)
Genius loci & narrative studies
Ordering & spatial diagramming
Concept attainment & modelling
Design development & proposition
Detailing & materiality
Environmental strategies
Design management
Communication & presentation

How will I learn on this module?

You will work on a studio based design project within this module, which is taught by individual and group tutorials and supported by additional workshops, project focused seminars and site visits. Lectures will be used to introduce the project and theories relevant to your project work. You will work in groups initially, as you gather and critique information and site characteristics and then individually within your self directed response to the research knowledge. As such, you will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills to manage your progress, subject development and areas of personal enquiry and approach.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported with weekly guidance during tutorials, where you will discuss the development of your ideas and solutions to the design project. You will benefit from regular progress reviews as formative assessment on an individual and group basis, and are encouraged to participate in discussions about your work, your development and that of your peers. Feedback on formative and summative assignments will be offered in verbal, written and drawn form which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of your work and performance. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate you own themes and ideas. All project material will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when you need to and we operate an open door policy to help support student learning when it is needed most. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help Online service.

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. Articulate creative authority through an integrated manipulation of architectural issues, precedents, concepts and regulations

KU 2. Critically analyse, synthesize and creatively apply all aspects of design, technology and environment strategies within a context driven solution

KU 3. Design with an advanced appreciation of the wider and immediate site contexts and their influence upon decision making

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Critically apply advanced research and analysis skills to develop a design outcome that gives consideration to site constraints and the specific needs of a client

IPSA 2. Articulate an advanced ability in effectively communicating complex design intention and architectural realities using oral, written and graphical communications

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

PVA 1. Articulate a high level of reflection, confidence and imagination in an enquiring, disciplined and open minded approach to problems and issues, with flexibility and logic.

How will I be assessed?

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

Summative assessment is of the submitted component:

1. Integrated Architecture Project (100%)
Major design thesis project

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




KA7033 Design Rationale

Module abstract

Within this module you will apply individual attitudes towards architecture via a major design project within an urban setting that demonstrates an advanced understanding of space and form. You will be encouraged to articulate individual attitudes towards narrative and the manipulation of language, reference, technology and form within a complex spatial programme, demonstrating a coherent relationship with the urban, cultural and social contexts. Taught within the design studio, the module is supported by individual and group tutorials and workshops with regular formative assessment and appraisal, in support of the production of a major design project. You will receive verbal, written and drawn feedback and assessment on your design project work in two ways; formatively within regular tutorials and at strategic stages to provide ongoing guidance and summatively at the end of each project to establish opportunity for reflection and independent learning.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 semester (January to June)

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 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.

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