AR7026 - Integrated Design Study (2023/24)
|Module approved to run in 2023/24
|Integrated Design Study
|Credit rating for module
|School of Art, Architecture and Design
|Total study hours
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
The module asks students to develop and demonstrate key technical skills. The module asks students to develop and demonstrate their ability to integrate key fields of architectural knowledge in the context of their level 5 design project.
Aims of the module are to promote and demonstrate the integration of key fields of professional architectural knowledge in the level 5 comprehensive design project.
The module provides a practical framework through which students can address the professional practice and academic discipline of architecture as outlined by the ARB/RIBA Joint Criteria (GC1-GC11).
The student will be required to demonstrate that within their comprehensive design project they have a knowledge, understanding of and ability within the following four areas:
A. cultural context and communication;
B. professional context;
C. environment and sustainability;
D. construction, materials and structures.
The module will require students to manage, coordinate and learn from a range of sources and from consultants within the department and externally. The use of external consultants, the gathering of information and cross-disciplinary collaboration simulate the dynamic, interdisciplinary and fast changing nature of contemporary architectural practice giving students an understanding of practice and an ability to work in teams.
Students will be expected to investigate, communicate and appraise each of the following as they have informed and been realised within the Comprehensive Design Project:
Cultural Context and Communication
• the social political economic and professional context that guides and supports the design;
• the histories and theories of architecture, urban design and the arts that have informed the design;
• the use of precedent and case studies in the development and resolution of the design;
• the use of visual, verbal, written, multimedia and participatory methods of communication in the development and communication of the design;
• the influence and relevance of the practices, technologies and creative application of the arts on architectural design in terms of conceptualisation and representation;
• the relationship between the forms of communication used and different stakeholders: lay, professional and academic involved in the design. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4,LO5
• the relationship between the design and regulatory requirements including the needs of the disabled, health and safety legislation, building control and planning legislation;
• the way the design would be financed, procured and realised including a discussion of emerging trends in the construction industry such as partnering, integrated project processes, value engineering and risk management in as much as they relate to the design;
• the role of the architect implied by the design and the management, organisational and practice structures necessary to realise it. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4,LO5
Construction, Structures, Materials, Environment and Sustainable Design
• the structural and constructional strategies and theories employed by the design;
• the construction techniques and processes necessary to realize the design;
• the provision and integration of building services;
• the physical properties and characteristics of the building materials and components used in the design;
• the visual, thermal and acoustic principles which guide the design;
• the relationship between the design and the wider environment including the life styles promoted by the design and the energy it consumes;
• the way building technologies, environmental design construction methods, materials and components have been integrated into the design in relation to: human wellbeing, the welfare of future generations, the natural world, the sustainable environment;
• the study of the role and impact of sustainability, environment and services from; interior spatial strategies to regional infrastructural decision making including the scale between, for example, architecture, sitting and landscape;
• comfort and health in buildings: the interactive nature of the relationship between buildings and their occupants; the role of building design in achieving comfort in diverse climates;
• an appreciation of the techniques and design principles for energy responsible and socially appropriate buildings and infrastructure set in diverse climates and cultures, within in the context of the risk of global warming;
• the discussion of autonomy and interdependence in architecture and the built environment;
• study of natural ventilation, utilisation of daylight, passive solar energy techniques and relevance of intensive services provision;
• study the interaction of form, placement, skin, services and spatial strategies in the creation of architecture, including form-finding techniques in architecture;
• study the role and impact of services in a wide range of building types from housing to complex architectural projects;
• investigation of the changing nature of services in twenty-first century specifications and procurement. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4,LO5
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Students have the opportunity to study outside of scheduled classes. A range of learning strategies are deployed and individual learning styles accommodated. The module’s learning outcomes, its contents and delivery, are regularly reviewed to ensure an inclusive pedagogical approach.
The module and course utilise the University’s blended learning platform to support and reinforce learning. Peer-to-peer communication is fostered in seminars and tutorial support provided at key points in the calendar. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment tasks and formative feedback. Students are encouraged to reflect on their progress and engage in sequential decision making through staged submissions and worksheets, and to make recommendations to themselves for future development.
The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports personal development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able – as they progress – to understand the professional environment of their discipline, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions and aspirations.
At the end of the module students will have:
1. an ability to gather, process and make use of the information, processes and strategies necessary to develop a complex design proposal within the four key areas of professional competence described in the module;
2. an ability to manage, coordinate and learn from consultants across a wide range of disciplines;
3. an ability to integrate knowledge acquired from taught courses, consultancy, industry, testing, prototyping and participatory processes into a complex design proposal, including theories of urban design and the planning of communities and the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment;
4. an ability to make and communicate clear strategic decisions in relation to the wider political, economic, professional, environmental, industrial and legal context informing their design, including the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture;
5. an ability to communicate with lay, professional and technical audiences and allied professionals.
The module will be assessed in three ways:
The student will develop a detailed diary recording all aspects of their design process in the areas outlined above. The diary should reflect on the design development in all four areas, it should be concise and personal. Students are also encouraged to keep research files, which should include records of all presentations, meetings, tutorials and of the use of internal and external consultants including how they were briefed, minutes of meeting(s) and evidence of the integration of advice received into the development and resolution of the Comprehensive Design Project.
Interim and Final Presentations: The students will also be asked to make an interim and final presentation in each of the four areas. The presentations will form part of the assessment. The interim is a day-long crit and the final presentation forms part of final presentation panels together with the portfolio.
IDS Report: Students will make an illustrated report of 4,000 words dealing with each of the four key areas. The report must make specific reference to the way the Comprehensive Design Project has addressed and resolved the integration of each of the key areas and each sub-section of the syllabus. The report must also include a 1:20 scale detailed section of their final proposal. In the areas of environment, sustainability, construction, structures and materials students must in addition submit sufficient detailed drawings, diagrams, models, simulations, material samples, performance specifications and components to fully illustrate the strategies and decisions described within the written report.
One hard copy of the Report and a hard copy of the Diary form the submission for IDS, A4-size format or similar is recommended for the diary; A3 format for the report. A pdf of each component is to be uploaded to Weblearn on or before the submission date.
General Construction and Reference Books
Baden-Powell, C. (1997) Architect’s Pocket Book, (Architectural Press)
Davies, C. (2005) The Prefabricated Home, (Reaktion Books)
Wentworth Thompson, D. (Reprinted 2000) On Growth and Form, (Cambridge Architectural Press)
Deplazes, A. ed. (3rd ed. 2013) Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures, a Handbook, (Birkhäuser)
Frampton, K. (2001) Studies in Tectonic Culture, (MIT Press)
Materials & Components
Gonzalo, R. and Vallentin, R. (2014) Passive House Design, (Birkhäuser)
Herzog, T. (2004) Facade Construction Manual, (Birkhäuser)
Herzog, T. (2004) Timber Construction Manual, (Birkhäuser)
Hugues, T. and Peck, M. ed. (2014) Modern Concrete Construction Manual, (Birkhäuser)
Hascher, R. (2014) Emergent Timber Technologies, (Birkhäuser)
Kolb, J. (2008) Systems in Timber Engineering, (Birkhäuser)
Koolhaas, R. (2014) Elements of Architecture, Marsilio
Spiro, A and Ganzoni, D. (2013) The Working Drawing, The architect’s tool, (Park Books)
Sustainability and Services
Zeumer, M., Fuchs, M and Thomas Stark (2008) Energy Manual: Sustainable Architecture, (Birkhäuser)
Nordenson, G. ed. (2008) The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design, (Architectural Press)
Anink, D. and Boonstra, C. (1996) Handbook of Sustainable Building: An Environmental Preference Method for Choosing Materials in Construction and Renovation, (Revised ed. James & James, Science Publishers Ltd.)
Zimmerman, A. (2009) Constructing Landscape: Materials, Techniques, Structural Components, (Birkhäuser)
Zimmerman, A. (2009) Planning Landscape, Dimensions, Elements, Typologies, (Birkhäuser)
Detail Magazine: http://www.detail-online.com/
Brick Bulletin: http://www.brick.org.uk/category/publications/brick-bulletin/
Building Regulations and Standards
UK Building Regulations: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/
Planning Portal: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk
Construction Information Service (CIS) available through LondonMet Webcat
Concrete Centre www.theconcretecentre.com
Riba product selector www.ribaproductselector.com
Building Research Establishment www.bre.co.uk
Green Guide to Specification www.greenspec.co.uk