INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 306 Geometry and the Elements in Design Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 123 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist.prof.dr. Dina Samic Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course will examine the fundamental design principles and elements that have been shaping architectural design over history, from various geometrical elements and patterns to building typologies giving students insight into the methods and tools which architects use both individually and collaboratively to put knowledge into practice. Design assignments will introduce a broad range of issues including fundamental design elements, form, space, function, rhythm, gradation, connectivity, typology, diversity, materiality, human factor, context, site, social influences, feasibility, environment and culture.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
• develop a strong academic foundation in elements of design
• introducing the students to fundamental geometrical principles within design process;
• introducing the students to principles of repetition, rhythm, symmetry, order etc;
• developing the student ability to think within the specific context;
• exploring basic theories of form and architectural composition;
• identifying adequate symbolization methods of architectural elements;
• develop a basis for making informed, aesthetic judgments

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to the course and design methodology.
  2. Basic elements in architecture.
  3. Form in architecture.
  4. Assignment no. 1 – PATTERN GENERATION in-class presentation and delivery
  5. Geometry in architecture.
  6. Principles – symmetry, hierarchy, rhythm, repetition.
  7. Modifying elements of architecture.
  8. Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN in-class presentation and delivery.
  9. MIDTERM EXAM
  10. Assignment no. 3 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL SITE VISIT.
  11. Formal concepts – means and attributes.
  12. Perception and meaning.
  13. Complexity, context and concept mapping.
  14. Visual and psychological impacts.
  15. Conclusions.

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to the Assignment no. 1 – PATTERN GENERATION.
  2. PATTERN GENERATION –design concepts development. DESIGN REVIEWS.
  3. Assignment no. 1 – PATTERN GENERATION in-class presentation and delivery. Introduction to the Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN.
  4. Assignment no. 1 – PATTERN GENERATION in-class presentation and delivery. Introduction to the Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN.Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN sketch 3 different design concepts. DESIGN REVIEWS.

  1. Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN - DESIGN REVIEWS.
  2. Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN - DESIGN REVIEWS.
  3. Assignment no. 2 – THEMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN in-class presentation and delivery. Introduction to the Assignment no. 3 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL DEVELOPMENT – DESIGNING IN CONTEXT
  4. MIDTERM EXAM
  5. Assignment no. 3 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL SITE VISIT.
  6. Assignment no. 3 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL – DESIGN REVIEWS.
  7. Assignment no. 3 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL – DESIGN REVIEWS.
  8. Assignment no. 3 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL – DESIGN REVIEWS.
  9. DESIGN REVIEWS.
  10. DESIGN REVIEWS.

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Lab/Practical Exam(s)230
Class Deliverables130
Final Exam120
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic terms, concepts and approaches related to theory of form, composition and the laws of visual perception in architecture
  • Identify the major restrictions and inter-relations in the design of objects for human use and contextualy influnced environments;
  • Ability to analyse and apply laws of visual perception to architectural design process;
  • Adequate knowledge of ergonometric, construction and technical standards;
  • Ability to collaborate in order to bring about a successful outcome;
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Pottman H., Asperl A., Hofer M., Kilian A., (2007), Architectural Geometry, Bentley Institute Press;
  • Rasmussen S.E., (2000), Experiencing Architecture, Cambridge: MIT Press;
  • Ballantyne A., (2002) Architecture A very short introduction, Oxford;
  • Bielefeld B., El Khouli S., (2007) Basic Design Ideas, Birkhauser;
  • Fawcett A.P.,(2003) Architecture Design Notebook, Routledge Architectural Press;

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)14228
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination155
Preparation for Final Examination11010
Assignment / Homework/ Project31545
Seminar / Presentation313
Total Workload: 123
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5