INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture
||Number of ECTS Credits
||Class Hours Per Week
||Total Hours Per Semester
||2 + 4
|This course is a foundation course for all students of Department of Architecture. It deals with basic principles of design, which are communicated to students through theory conveyed into 2D and 3D abstract exercises. Topics refer to fundamental design principles and elements simulating architectural problems which enable students to think and resolve simple functional requirements as well as form-function relationship, learning and understanding design process. Focus is on developing and enhancing mental and manual skills of students, creativity and critical thinking.
|• Introduce students with basic design principles and formal elements of design.
• Provide information about the importance, logic and purpose of basic formal and conceptual factors influencing architectural design.
• Exercise translation of abstract projects requirements into design composition with a relevant and logical concept reflecting design thought.
• Explore mediums and skills of graphical and model architectural language and communication.
• Equip students with fundamental mental and manual skills to enable them to convey conceptual idea into abstract 2 and 3 dimensional composition.
• Develop awareness of students about the studio culture in design education and architects role in design process.
- Introduction ( Syllabus review; course content, requirements, equipment, policies; teaching methods)
- Introduction to Color and Color Schemes
- Color mixing and Color Harmony
- Primary Elements - Order/ Line/ Point/ Plain Introduction to 2D composition – First Discussion
- Development of 2D Composition – Order/ Basic Shapes / Spatial Relationship / Design Principles:Proportion/Scale/ Balance & Symmetry/ ORGANIZATION / Revision and Group Discussion
- Development of 2D Composition – Spatial Organization/ Design Principles: Repetition/Rhythm/Hierarchy/Progression/ ORGANIZATION Revision and Group Discussion
- Introduction to 3D Composition – Volume/Geometry - Revision and Group Discussion
- Development of 3D Composition – Configuration Patterns - Revision and Group Discussion
- Development of 3D Composition – Resume - Applying Design Principles to Abstract 3D model
- Final Project Development – Introduction to Function, Function – Form Relationship, Color
- Final Project Development – continuation
- Final Project Development - Circulation, Human Scale
- Final Project Development –Drawings of the model views
- Practical Sessions
- Discussions and group work
| Midterm Exam(s)||20|
| Class Deliverables||20|
| Final Exam||1||40|
- 1. Identify and understand basic design principles and elements (color, proportion, scale, symmetry, rhythm, repetition, hierarchy, focal point, etc.)
- 2. Demonstrate an understanding of architectural concept and approaches in simple design problems with limited number of variables.
- 3. Develop fundamental design presentation techniques (model making, visual communication and presentation)
- 4. Demonstrate understanding towards individual and group work in architectural studio, practice skills of time management and decision making in the process of architectural design
- 5. Demonstrate innovativeness and creativity in design, with developed positive critical thinking ability.
- 6. Develop mindfulness about studio culture in architectural education
- 7. Understand at a basic level the role of the architect
- 1. Ambrose, G., & Harris, P. (2010). Basic Design. Lausanne: AVA Publishing SA.
- 2. Anderson, J. (2011). Basic Architecture - Architectural Design. Lausanne: AVA Publishing.
- 3. Ching, F. D. (2007). ARCHITECTURE Form, Space, & Order. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 4. Clark, R. H., & Pause, M. (1996). Precedents in Architecture. New York: VAN NOSTRAND REINHOLD.
- 5. Rasmussen, S. E. (1962). Experiencing Architecture. London.
- 6. Itten (1970), The Elements of Color New York Van Nostrand Reinhold
|ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
|Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)||15||2||30|
|Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)||15||4||60|
|Midterm Examination (1 week)||1||2||2|
|Final Examination(1 week)||1||2||2|
|Preparation for Midterm Examination||1||20||20|
|Preparation for Final Examination||1||15||15|
|Assignment / Homework/ Project||1||30||30|
|Seminar / Presentation|| || ||0|