UT-136 Architectural Design Studio (3)

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urban Design and Planning
2nd Year, sem 1, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 6P | ECTS Credits: 5
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh Alexandru Calcatinge
Learning outcomes:
This architecture studio is dedicated to the question of urban housing. It has a twofold aim:
1. Firstly, to guide students through the process of designing a single-family house within a larger urban context;
2. And secondly, to provide them with the opportunity to seamlessly change between two-dimensional and three-dimensional thinking in articulating their proposal.

This design unit requires scale model building skills.
The project explores the design challenges of low-rise single-family housing within an urban context. Students are invited to design a detached single-family house, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of the design implications pertaining to this common housing type.

The house will rise to a maximum of two stories, including the ground floor, and will have a gross floor area (GFA) of between 200 m2 and 250 m2. In particular cases, the gross floor area can be adjusted up to a maximum of 20%.

The house will display a roof supported by a roof truss.
Teaching Method:
The design studios are accompanied by presentations, debates and tutorials.
Students are assessed in compliance with the following formula:
Final Grade = 40% * Development + 40% * Submission + 20% * Workbook

The development is split further into the following two components:
Development = 85% * Work within the design studio + 15% * Presentations

In addition, students must meet the following requirement:
1. For each of the components mentioned above, students need to receive a minimum grade of five.

Inability to meet this requirement leads to failing the studio.

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