20 credits at level HE6
This module will give you the opportunity to learn about the work of internationally renowned design and architectural practices. Following an introduction to the module and key design and architectural practices, you will undertake an investigation of a specific practice and its ethos. You will then research selected projects which have been designed by the practice you are investigating and develop case studies of them. You will present your finding to peers. You will then use the knowledge you have gained from your investigations to develop your own project following the ethos of the practice and exhibit this work in a professional manner. By doing these activities, you will further develop your skills in research and presenting information as well as learning about contemporary issues in design and architecture.
By completing this module you will gain an appreciation of the work of many diverse design practices, in an international context, which will broaden your understanding of best practice within the design industry worldwide. Gaining knowledge of specific practices and developing your transferable skills will enhance your continual personal and professional development and help you to prepare for the job market.
Keeping abreast of developments within the industry (e.g., developments in technology and materials); networking; continuing your personal and professional development (e.g., attending exhibitions, seminars, CPD events, conferences, investigating the work of design and architectural practices).
Design and architectural practices
Evolution of a practice; diversity of design and architectural practices (local and international); the concept of ethos; history and timeline of practices.
Understanding the Market
Understanding the client (e.g., target audience, demographics; researching markets); competitor analysis; SWOT analysis.
Marketing, packaging the product, knowing your audience, advertising, commercial awareness.
Communicating innovative thinking
3D design creativity; 3D to 2D communication through graphic design; presenting work in the form of an exhibition.
The nature of sustainability; reasons for sustainability; Eco homes, green issues, BREEAM, renewable energy, green code.
Anthropometrics, ergonomics, inclusive design, current legislation, appropriate building regulations, culture, context
Transferable and academic skills
2D drawing, 3D modelling, graphic design skills, report writing, cross sector based projects, research, CAD skills, research, devising a design statement
You will attend studio-based workshops and lectures. You will also learning through discussions, practical activities, case studies and by research activities. You will be supported by material and activities on the University’s VLE (Moodle).
The assessment has two components. The first item of assessment is an investigation of a specific practice and its ethos, selected projects which have been designed by the practice, and the development of case studies of these projects. You will present the finding of your investigation and case studies to peers. The second item of assessment is a project. You will use the knowledge you have gained from your investigations made in assessment item one, to develop your own project following the ethos of the practice and exhibit this work in a professional manner.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have conducted research of a design/ architectural practice as agreed with your tutor.||1.1 Conduct in-depth research of a design/ architectural practice as agreed with your tutor and develop one or more case studies of projects created by the practice. When conducting your research you should investigate factors such as the type of practice, the practice’s ethos and, responses to design briefs, and the materiality and context of the buildings, interiors and structures designed by the practice.|
|2.||Have developed designs following the ethos of an agreed designer/practice and presented your first stage sketch schemes to others.||
2.1 Develop credible designs following the ethos of the agreed designer/practice and, through your design development, justify a final plausible and creative outcome. These should be presented through sketch books, drawings and diagrams, 3D computer models and/or scale physical models, design statements.
2.2 Present your first stage sketch schemes to others in the format of an interim critique, obtain constructive feedback and show how you have actively considered the feedback in the development of your final outcome.
|3.||Have exhibited your final outcome and discuss your work with others.||
3.1 Exhibit your final innovative and novel outcome to your peers and the public in a professional manner (all drawings should be fully rendered, referenced and annotated).
3.2 Discuss your exhibited work knowledgably with peers and members of the public.
|4.||Have engaged in reflective practices.||
4.1 Critically evaluate your work as you progress through this module.
4.2 Explain how you have incorporated principles and theories in the work you have undertaken.
4.3 Identify the main lessons you have learnt from having undertaken this module.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Summative: Case study including research and a short presentation to peers||Summative: Project including developmental design work in the style of the selected practice. Document engagement in reflective practices.||Summative: Exhibition of your final work to peers and public.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Briere, D.D. and Hurley, P. (2003) Smart Homes for Dummies. New York: Wiley
Fuad-Luke. A. (2009) The Eco-Design Handbook London: Thames and Hudson
Harper, R. (ed) (2003) Inside the Smart Home. London: Springer
Jani, V. (2010) Interior Design for Non-Western Cultures & Traditions. New York: Berg
Marsden, J.P. (2005) Humanistic Design of Assisted Living. London: John Hopkins University Press
Maurer T.L. and Weeks, K. (2010) Interior Design in Practice: Case Studies of Successful Business Models. London: Wiley
Robinson L.B. &t. Parman A.T. (2010) Research Inspired Design, a step-by-step guide for interior designers. New York: Fairchild Books
Spiller, N. (2008) Digital Architecture Now. A Global Survey of Emerging Talent. London: Thames & Hudson
Stones, J. (2010) Little Book of Big Ideas , Architecture The 50 Most Influential Architects in the World . London: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Tzonis, A. (2004) Santiago Calatrava: Complete Works. New York : Rizzoli
Jodido, P., Ando: Complete Works,
Jodido, P. Hadid, Complete Works 1979–2009
Jodido, P., Jean Nouvel by Jean Nouvel, Complete Works 1970-2008
Koolhaas, R. & Mau B. (1995) S M L XL, Monacelli Press
Tzonis, A. (2004) Santiago Calatrava: Complete Works. New York : Rizzoli
Renzo Piano Building Workshop Complete Works Vol 1-5
Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works by Francesco Del Co & Kurt W. Forster
Equilibrium: The Works of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, Hugh Pearman
Norman Foster: Works 3
Foster 40: Projects / Themes [BOX SET]
Meier: Richard Meier & Partners, Complete Works 1963-2008
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