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ARCH8018 - Design Studio Analysis

Title:Design Studio Analysis
Long Title:Design Studio Analysis
Module Code:ARCH8018
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 15
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Architecture & Urban Environment
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Next Review Date: April 2024
Module Coordinator: Samuel Vardy
Module Author: MARC O RIAIN
Module Description: The module enables students to develop advanced skills in researching physical and functional building use, frameworks for conceptualisation, resolving a coherent sophisticated piece of interior architecture to a development stage.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Appraise the urban context of the existing building and respond to its potential through design strategies.
LO2 Propose a research strategy and brief for an interior architecture project informing a clear design path to a master plan.
LO3 Prepare a rigorous architectural research process to inform conceptualisation of an interior architecture project.
LO4 Compose and design a conceptual approach for a complex building interior.
LO5 Evaluate research inputs, manipulate various design solutions, refine and synthesise a developed design.
LO6 Employ technical knowledge to the design project through iterative ideation.
LO7 Discriminate materiality and function within the design to be fit for purpose.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

14212 ARCH7047 3D Visualisation & Realisation
14214 ARCH6086 Introduction 2D AutoCAD
14242 ARCH8018 Design Studio Analysis
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

The student should have an advanced knowledge of conceptualisation frameworks, Autocad, hand visualisation and modelling to undertake this module.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Major Interior Architecture project
Identifying the client and building use. Survey the proposed building and create a research report taking into account its history, siting, aspect, traffic flow, opportunities, limitations, urban context, opportunities, intended function, structure, typology Entity relationship diagram and outcomes that may impact a design.
Collect thoughts, review constraints, reframe the challenge, create a visible reminder. Research the building function, review the demographic, explore the extremes of the user demographic, develop a map of the functional spaces informing an entity relationship diagram (ERD).
Client user and usage brief
Create a client brief informed by the research including outline compartmentations and an entity relationship diagram. Interpret the data to condense knowledge from discovery into insights and opportunities pointing the way for masterplanning.
Concept development
Ideate concepts to create a unique approach to the building adaption.
Masterplanning & Design Development
Refine master-planning and design options through ideation to develop a coherent building adaption and structural solution.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Reporting on design research, building conditions, urban context, functional needs of the intended use, mapping proximities and adjacencies. 1,2,3 20.0 Week 4
Project Using conceptual frameworks create a design approach to you building scheme. 4,5 30.0 Week 7
Project Create a visual and physical presentation (model) featuring technical insight in an exhibition format to concept development stage. 3,5,6,7 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Tutorial Group Tutorial 0.8 Every Week 0.80
Lecture Theory 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Learning 18.7 Every Week 18.70
Total Hours 21.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 21.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.30
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Tutorial Group Tutorial 0.8 Every Week 0.80
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Learning 18.7 Every Week 18.70
Total Hours 21.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 21.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.30

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Ian Higgins 2015, Spatial Strategies for Interior Design, Laurence King Publishing [ISBN: 1780674155]
  • Graeme Brooker, Sally Stone, Basics Interior Architecture: Form & Structure: The Organisation of Interior Space [ISBN: 9782940373406]
  • Sally Augustin, Neil Frankel, Cindy Coleman 2015, Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture, John Wiley & Sons,
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Lorraine Farrelly 2008, Representational Techniques, AVA Switzerland [ISBN: 978-2-940373-62-8]
  • Graeme Brooker, Sally Stone 2010, Basics Interior Architecture, AVA Switzerland [ISBN: 9782940411108]
  • James Douglas 2006, Building adaptation, Ch. 1,2,3, Taylor & Francis [ISBN: 978-0-7506-6667-1]
  • Gregory Marinic 2018, The Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Routledge [ISBN: 1317434994]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_DINAR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Interior Architecture 7 Mandatory

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