Module Details

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Title DESIGN 2.1
Code ARCH202
Coordinator Dr FJ Mejias Villatoro
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 30


To design a small to medium size building, or a series of buildings of small to medium complexity, to a specific schedule of accommodation, and on a given site or number of sites.

To specifically address the architecture of public institutions and / or public housing.

To explore qualities of public and private space and their respective thresholds.

To introduce concepts of type, context and urban morphology as parameters for architectural design.

To explore the relationship between structure and enclosure of a building.

To investigate appropriate structures and materials.

To introduce awareness of acoustics, daylighting and lighting.

To produce a complete set of drawings and models for a final pin up assessment or portfolio review (typically consisting of a set of general arrangement drawings in scale 1/100, plus detailed drawings ranging from scale 1/1 to 1/50).

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will further their knowledge and skills of drawing techniques and the representation of space.

(LO2) Students will gain experience of translating a brief into an architectural project with careful consideration of spatial and tectonic options available to them.

(LO3) Techniques of reading and analysing the city.

(LO4) Interpreting the brief into an appropriate architectural project.

(LO5) Planning of architectural spaces.

(LO6) Appropriate choice of structure and building fabric.

(LO7) Representation of material qualities of architectural spaces.

(LO8) Students will have considered the following issues: Transformations of public & private space trough architectural intervention.

(LO9) Students will have continued to investigate the design and representation of: Material and sensory qualities of architectural space with consideration, among other issues, of acoustics, day‐lighting and lighting.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.



Design of a small to medium scale building on a constrained site for a client with specified characteristics.

Focus on themes of: nature of thresholds between public/semi public and private spaces structure and construction type and urban morphology.

The studio programme is complemented by lectures from module staff in accordance with the design stages.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: online
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: Lectures, presentation, introductory talks

Teaching Method 2 - Seminars and workshops
Description: online or face to face as necessary
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: To take place in tutorial groups to keep numbers down

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorial
Description: Hybrid of online and face to face each week
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: One tutorial a week with an optional sign up tutorial as well as student online drop in. Regular online reviews at strategic points in projects

Teaching Method 4 – Fieldwork
Description: building and site visits
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: self-directed by students in their own time to avoid social distancing issues. Students can visit via desktop studies and remote research if visit students cannot or do not wish to visit in pers on.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10



Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 10
Private Study 238


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Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When): January    100       

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