UT-137 Architectural Design Studio (4)

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urban Design and Planning
2nd Year, sem 2, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 6P | ECTS Credits: 6
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh Alexandru Calcatinge
Learning outcomes:
This architecture studio is dedicated to the design of an architect’s house.

It has a twofold aim:
1. Firstly, to guide students through the process of designing a single-family house, with an architectural design studio on the ground floor. It thereby builds upon the design skills gained during the first semester;
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, thereby capitalising upon the experience gained during the first semester.
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, with an architectural design studio on the ground floor.

The house will rise to a maximum of three stories, including the ground floor, and will have a gross floor area (GFA) of between 250 m2 and 300 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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