Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 327 Architectural Design IV Undergraduate 3 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 5 2 + 4 1736 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Dr. Dina Šamić Dina Šamić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course establishes foundations for architectural design of multifamily housing engaging issues of space, organization, circulation, use, structure and material. The focus of this course is integration of basic architectural elements and conceptual spatial strategies into larger architectural structures with complex urban, social, cultural and economic characteristics. The topic of housing is treated from a wide range of perspectives: urban context, spatiality and form, functionality and aesthetics, building method and materials, ecological and environmental issues. Students are challenged to integrate design with complex program, site demands and local socio-political context through drawings and models.

Main goals of the course are:
1. introducing the students to methods of integration of basic architectural elements into complex architectural structures;
2. exploring contemporary contextual urban challenges;
3. linking urban site and context with program requirements;
4. translating basic program requirements into spatial strategies and design deliverables;
5. developing the student capability to design multi-functional buildings throughout the integration of housing, commercial and business activities from conceptual to final project;
6. identifying appropriate tools and instruments of spatial intervention within specific local context;
7. application of theoretical knowledge of urbanism, basic design and architectural constructions;
8. developing graphic and three-dimensional presentation skills;

  1. Introduction to the course and design methodology.
  2. Explanation of the project program with basic parameters of urban analysis and synthesis.
  3. Introduction to project levels and project contents in architecture.
  4. A brief historic overview of the development of collective housing.
  5. Overview of the main residential typologies with their essential characteristics (urban, social, cultural and economic).
  6. Emphasis upon the basic functional elements of the residential building – entrance lobby, staircases, corridors, elevators, parking spaces etc.
  7. Review of fundamental spatial requirements, dimensional standards and measurements in collective housing design.
  8. Organizational characteristics of the single residential unit.
  9. Midterm
  10. Comparative analysis of structural systems and organizational flexibility of the residential building.
  11. Basic apartment layouts according to spatial arrangement of functional areas. Domesticity.

  1. Sense of social inclusion – common areas in collective buildings.
  2. Innovative design proposals for the future of residential architecture – visual references overview.
  3. Innovative design proposals for the future of residential architecture
  4. Course review

  1. Introduction to the design project.
  2. Visit to the site.
  3. Site analysis and master plan development with landscaping scheme proposals.
  4. Landscaping conceptual design development.
  5. Positioning and basic spatial scheme of the building according to previous analysis and master plan proposals.
  6. Translation of program requirements into concrete functional zoning.
  7. Translation of the functional zoning into conceptual drawings.
  8. Translation of the functional zoning into conceptual drawings.
  9. Midterm
  10. Development of conceptual drawings according to constructive grid, structural elements and spatial restrictions.
  11. Characteristic residential floor layout with detailed apartment organization.
  12. Reinterpreting and transforming two- dimensional layouts into three-dimensional objects.
  13. Reinterpreting and transforming two- dimensional layouts into three-dimensional objects.
  14. Visual representation of the project.
  15. Visual representation of the project.

  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Field trips
  • Problem solving
  • Case Studies
  • Guest instructor
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Class Deliverables130
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Identify the major questions and issues in the residential design and realization of residential spaces with the scope of collecting information and developing a design proposal;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles, concepts, and approaches essential in the contemporary design of residential buildings;
  • Translate basic program requirements into spatial strategies and design deliverables;
  • Heckmann, O. Schneider, F. (2012), Floor Plan Manual Housing, Basel: Birkhauser;
  • Neufert, E. (2003), Arhitektonsko projektovanje. Beograd: Građevinska knjiga;
  • Knežević , G. (1989), Višestambene zgrade, Zagreb: Tehnička knjiga;
  • Ebner, P. Herrmann, E. Röllbacher, R. Kuntscher, M. Wietzorrek, U. (2009), Typology+ Innovative Residential Architecture, Basel: Birkhauser;
  • Pfeifer, G. Brauneck, P. (2015), Residential Buildings - A Typology, Basel: Birkhauser;
  • Crosbie, M. (2003), Multi-Family Housing: The Art of Sharing. Victoria: Images House;
  • Mozas J. Fernández Pe A. (2006), Density. Condensed edition New collective housing, Alava: A+T architecture publishers;

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 Examination11010
Preparation for Final Examination12020
Assignment / Homework/ Project40401600
Seminar / Presentation4416
Total Workload: 1736
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 69