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YEAR 4 Handbook
2015 – 2016
YEAR 4 Handbook
YEAR 4 Handbook
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This handbook was produced in Summer 2015
for the academic year 2015 – 2016
Department of Architecture
University of Strathclyde
James Weir Building
75 Montrose Street
Glasgow G1 1XJ
The information provided is correct
at date of publishing but may be subject to revision during the year.
YEAR 4 Handbook 2015/2016
Contents Introduction to Year 4 6
1.1 Study Programme
1.3 Design Projects
1.4 Compulsory Classes and Optional Classes
1.5 Reviews and Assessment
1.6 Design Tutorials
1.7 Departmental Staff Contact Details Design Studies Briefs 14
2.1 AB 418 Architectural Design Studies 4A
2.2 AB 419 Architectural Design Studies 4B Compulsory Classes 29
3.1 AB 420 Cultural Studies 4: DISSERTATION Module Descriptors 46
4.1 AB 418 Design Studies 4A
4.2 AB 419 Design Studies 4B
4.3 AB 420 Cultural Studies 4
4.4 AB 421 Special Study Projects 4 Optional Classes 64
5.1 AB 421 SSP4 Special Study Projects 5.1.1 Digital Media 5.1.2 Urban Design 1 5.1.3 Ecology, Sustainability and Built Environment YEAR 4 Handbook 2015/2016 5.1.4 Projects Through Collaboration 5.1.5 MOBILELAND VIP 5.1.6 Criticism, Assessment and research Methods in Architecture and Urbanism (CARMAU) Reading Lists 88
6.2 Architectural Design Studio 4A – 4B
6.3 Cultural Studies 4
6.4 Special study 4 (Optional Classes) Portfolio and Personal Sketchbook 93
7.2 Personal Sketchbook Portfolio Interview 96 General Regulations 97
9.1 Examinations and Progress
9.2 ARB/RIBA Part 2: Portfolio
9.3 General Information
9.4 Policies and Procedures
9.5 Equality and Diversity (including Disability Service)
9.6 Health & Safety
Introduction to Year 4
1.1 Study Programme
1.3 Design Projects
1.4 Compulsory Classes
1.5 Reviews and Assessment
1.6 Design Tutorials
1.7 Departmental Staff Contact Details
Introduction to Year 4 ________________________________________________________________________________
1.1 Study Programme Year 4 is the BSc Honours Year for continuing students; the first year of a two year PG Dipl in Advanced Architectural Design, and the first year of a two year Masters in Architectural Design International (MADi).
We refer from now to all these courses as ‘Year 4’.
The study programme for Year 4 helps the students consolidate their architectural design skills, introduces them to the idea of architecture as responsive to ‘issues’, and provides the setting where they begin to define an area of interest in their choice of specialist optional classes, and within the Cultural Studies 4 (Dissertation). The Dissertation in particular affords students the opportunity to pursue in depth, through academic inquiry, this idea of personal interest.
On completion of the study programme, students will be able to:
demonstrate sophisticated and comprehensive capability in design through all its • stages and constituents;
define an area of personal interest;
• document the research and critical evaluation of a chosen area of interest.
• The first year of the PG Dipl/MArch in AAD counts as the first of the two years required for Part 2 Exemption from ARB/RIBA, whilst the first year of the PG Dipl/MArch in Architectural Design International (MADI), counts as the first of the two years course accredited by RIBA Part 2. The second year of both courses (Year 5) will grant the full Part 2 for either ARB/RIBA (AAD) or RIBA (MADI). As such, the Year 4 and Year 5 ethos are closely linked and form a coherent body of study.
Fourth year is where architectural issues and interests are initiated and discovered, to further inform work undertaken in Year 5.
The Year is organised and coordinated by the Year 4 Director. The Part 2 Director and Director of Education are also involved in the smooth running of the year and its constituent parts.
1.2 Curriculum The normal curriculum of Year 4 consists of 100 credits of compulsory classes, (60 of Design Studio, 40 of Cultural Studies) and an additional 20 of Optional Classes offered as Special Study Project 4. Details of the required classes are given below.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have a complete academic portfolio (including all briefs, class assignments, feedback sheets and all submissions) available for internal and external examinations/assessment at the end of Semester 2. (Re Portfolio, refer to the information given later in this Handbook).
1.3 Design Projects Two design projects are carried out in Year 4. One 20 credit project in Semester 1 and one 40 credit design project in Semester 2. The objectives and nature of these design projects are described in Section 2 of this document. Students are organised in tutorial groups, each under guidance of an assigned pair of experienced tutors.
Project Descriptions (Briefs) Each design project will be preceded by a project presentation by the Studio Director. All students must attend this presentation.
Detailed project descriptions (briefs) will be discussed at the presentation, as a supplement to the Module Descriptor. During this introduction, special events and presentations, special reading requirements, project timetables and assessment criteria are also presented; it is fundamental that students attend these crucial sessions, to understand the aims, delivery, assessment and rules of the year. Project descriptions (briefs) are included in the handbook as a supplement to the Module Descriptor.
Interim reviews or final examinations have been scheduled throughout the year.
1.4 Compulsory and Optional Classes The studio constitutes half of the overall curriculum, which students will undertake during the year. The other half comprises both Cultural studies and Optional Classes. These are crucial elements aimed and helping students develop analytical, critical, organisational skills as well as explore areas of special interest in relation to the department’s research portfolio and interests. All students are normally required to submit a written Dissertation as part of Cultural Studies 4. The objectives and nature of this class are described later in this document.
1.5 Reviews and Assessment The criteria by which all work is assessed are defined within each Class Module Descriptor. Each class and each design studio defines these criteria through the learning outcomes as described in Sections 4 and 5 of this handbook.
The total submission/s of assignments cumulatively establish the learning outcomes of the class.
Whilst these have quantitative similarities in the amount of work expected, their specific characteristics will vary according to the programme of each project (as described in the learning outcomes). The assessment of design work cannot be reduced to the quantitative accumulation of points. Credit collection is not and should not be perceived as the core objective. There will always be aspects of creative activity, which involve work of an exploratory and unpredictable nature which cannot be quantified through checklists.
Nevertheless within each project there are general criteria irrespective of the project with regards to presentation, development of the brief, of form, of space, of technology, by which the project will be evaluated.
Subject classes establish assessment criteria according to individual assignment requirements (typically a subject class will have one assignment per semester - see Sections 3 and 5), whilst the dissertation has a number of intense assignments (see Section 3).
The review process of Design Studies All designs (4A and 4B) will be summarised, collated and presented by students in the form of Design Statements. These are the complete collections of: all design development and resolutions in relation to cultural, societal and environmental factors of relevance to the project; all the contextual analysis within which the design task is set; the critical investigation, analysis and use of relevant building typologies; the technological and environmental resolution of the design task.
The Design Statements are responsibility of the students throughout the year, and are considered the main design output for both 4A and 4B.
The Design Statements will be produced for each separate project and edited from the consistent and continuous production of work, which will be regularly reviewed during weekly tutorials by tutors.
Time will be allocated towards the end of 4A and 4B for the collation and production of the Design Statements; the editorship, organisation, narrative and content of each Design Statement constitutes a portion of the mark for both design projects- verbal presentations and wall presentations will make up the remainder of the mark awarded. A precise timetable with dates for the submission of all outputs will be distributed at the start of the academic year, as well as a list of criteria of assessment.
The Design Statements will be marked by tutors, following a list of Criteria of Assessment set for each project (which will be issued to students in due course), and moderated across all design units.
Students will also present the projects digitally and through wall presentations to demonstrate their ability to succinctly communicate the design development and narrative. Format and timescales for both will be communicated in due course by the Studio Leader.
Please note that the Design Statements will be reviewed by tutors periodically throughout the semester therefore students are expected to attend each tutorial with substantial progress for discussion with tutors. Following the final submission feedback will be communicated.
At the end of the academic session, all students are required to have their complete academic portfolio (2 Design Statements, Dissertation and SSP4 assignments) available for inspection by a panel of external examiners who represent UK practice, academia and international expertise. The external examiners will assess a selection of the portfolios and interview a selection of the students in accordance with University Honours QA practice.
Dates and modalities of external examinations will be communicated to students in due course.
Feedback All submissions, shall be evaluated and provisional feedback returned accordingly to every student. Feedback will be returned normally within two weeks of submission depending on the time of the year of the review (if for any reason this will not be the case, students shall be advised accordingly.).
In relation to the studio work, projects will be assessed on the following factors: Design, Technology and the Environment, Culture and Precedents, Communication and Professional Development. Emphasis placed upon the Learning Outcome ‘Professional Development’ in particular evaluates student’s attendance, progress, management and independence of their learning; it is therefore paramount that students adopt from the start a proactive attitude and use the spaces offered within the Department to be active and engaged at all times.
All requirements of the assignment will need to be satisfactory for the work submitted to pass.
Submission deadlines and Mitigating Circumstances Deadlines for all submissions will be rigidly applied and extensions of time will be given only on medical or other exceptional grounds. A medical certificate must be submitted as evidence of illness to Ellen Thomson, (JW.302A) and Registry Office as soon as possible after its occurrence. The Year Director must also be advised of all illnesses, absences, medical certificates, etc. Students have an obligation to inform the University Registry at the first reasonable opportunity of any medical or other circumstances which might adversely affect their attendance, performance and / or ability to study.
Any mitigating circumstance in this case must be notified prior to examination.
YEAR 4 Handbook 2015/2016 If mitigating circumstances apply, and via the Mitigating Circumstances Committee, there may be opportunity for resubmission of design project work which has been deemed unsatisfactory at the Final Internal Examination in Semester 1 or 2, respectively at the Final Internal Examination held at the end of Semester 2 (i.e. First Diet of Examinations), or at the Second Diet of Examinations in August, in agreement with the Year Director.
Equivalent procedures apply regarding subject class submissions. Such resubmitted work will be eligible for full grade or credit.
The Year Director/Part 2 Director/Director of Education may meet with each student privately from time to time to discuss progress and to give an opportunity to ask questions, air grievances, and express opinions. A student whose progress or attendance proves to be unsatisfactory may be given written notice and required to attend an interview with the Head of the Department.
1.6 Design Tutorials Studio tutorials will take place on Thursday. All students must be present at 10.00am each day for introductions.
The Studio is arranged to provide dedicated group tutorial spaces and production workspaces. This arrangement aims to offer students space for independent work in a nurturing and collegiate environment. Teaching staff, library, workshop, computer and printing facilities are all at hand.