Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 114 Architectural Design I Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 4 195 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Samic Sanela Klarić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This is the first undergraduate design studio. The core of the studio is the development of both design thinking and proficiency with design tools and methods. It introduces a full range of ideas and issues that are embodied in the intellectual and creative process of architectural design. Throughout a series of research exercises, drawing assignments and sequence projects students will develop basic design skills including conceptualizing and representing architectural ideas and developing critic judgments about building design. The studio emphasizes development of conceptual design including concept and objective identification, design concept formation, generative processes, spatial and functional composition, and evaluation procedures. Architectural Design I is a course in which students are encouraged to showcase their creativity.

• introducing the students to the methods of integration of basic design elements into spatial strategies and design deliverables;
• identifying the major questions and issues in the design built environment;
• developing the student’s capability to raise precise questions, to interpret gathered information, consider various points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions and transform them into design;
• introducing practical methods of solving architectural problems;
• developing the ability to produce and interpret bubble diagrams, concept diagrams, plans, sections, elevations and three dimensional models as design tools;
• developing student’s capacity for appropriate use of design terminology;
• developing student’s ability for time management and meeting deadlines;
• developing and expanding student’s aesthetic perception;
• developing student’s ability to communicate design proposals and conceptual ideas through effective visual, written and oral presentations.

  1. Introduction to the course and design methodology.
  2. Basic architectural vocabulary – design fundamentals.
  3. Phenomenology of space. Types of spaces.
  4. Designing in context – site analysis.
  5. Design and function – program.
  6. Design and function – circulation, layout, distribution, movement, space linkage.
  7. Function and form – fundamentals of space making.
  8. Parameters of design – order, proportion, scale, rhythm, mass/void ratio, atmospheres.
  9. Mid-term
  10. Materials and form – light, colour, texture, sound, decorations.
  11. Structure and form.
  12. Enclosure of space – building envelope, interior/exterior relationship.
  13. Economic, cultural and social considerations – the role of architect.
  14. Creative process and methodology.
  15. Conclusions.

    1. Introduction to the design project.
    2. Visit to the site. Purchase supplies.
    3. Introduction to the Assignment no. 1 – LANDMARK.
    4. LANDMARK – preliminary design concepts. 3d model study of possible preliminary concepts. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    5. LANDMARK – choose final design proposal. Begin final full scale model. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    6. Assignment 1 – LANDMARK in-class presentation and delivery. Introduction to the Assignment no. 2 – BOX UNIT FOR TWO.
    7. BOX UNIT FOR TWO – sketch 3 different design concepts. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    8. BOX UNIT FOR TWO – select design concept for further development. Begin full scale study model. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    9. Mid-term
    10. Assignment 2 – BOX UNIT FOR TWO in-class presentation and delivery. Assignment no. 3 – COURTYARD HOUSE.
    11. COURTYARD HOUSE – sketch 3 different design concepts. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    12. COURTYARD HOUSE – select design concept for further development. Begin full scale study model. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    13. COURTYARD HOUSE – design development, work on full scale model. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    14. COURTYARD HOUSE – continue work on model, finish drawings, prepare Powerpoint presentation. DESIGN REVIEWS.
    15. Conclusions.

    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Total: 25
    Learning outcomes
    • To demonstrate an understanding of fundamental design methods;
    • To develop appropriate use of design terminology
    • Translation of basic program requirements into functional architectural strategy
    • To develop the ability to generate a variety of conceptual design proposals for given situation
    • To demonstrate an ability to interrogate and design according to a brief
    • Solving practical assessments throughout process of design
    • Improving oral and graphic presentation capacities
    • Understanding the relationship between graphic representation and design
    • Anderson, J. (2010), Basics Architecture: Architectural Design, Lausanne: AVA Academic;
    • Bielefeld B., El Khouli S. (2007), Basics Design Ideas, Basel: Birkhauser;
    • Ching, F.D. K. (2015 – 4th edition), Architecture: Form, Space & Order, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold;
    • Jormakka, K. (2008), Basics Design Methods, Basel: Birkhäuser;
    • Neufert, E. (2003.), Arhitektonsko projektovanje. Beograd: Građevinska knjiga;

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14456
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)144
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project31545
    Seminar / Presentation11515
    Total Workload: 195
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 8