INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Architecture PhD
2012-2013

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 615 Theory, Process And Formal Language In Architectural Design Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
7.5 144 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mila Nikolic, Lecturer Mila Nikolic, Lecturer
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COURSE OBJECTIVE
Through searching and reading texts by an architect and analysing physical forms of his/her works, the main objective of this course is to understand the relations between thinking and building. Including the student-led discussion sessions as an important component, this course acts as a foundation for scholarly research in the field of the theory of architectural design.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Course Introduction.
  2. THEORY OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Analysis as a design theory.
  3. Program elements. Spatial-programmatic organization.
  4. Elements and structures
  5. Form and content. Realization of ideas. Technology and materials.
  6. DESIGN PROCESS. Questioning of the notion of method
  7. Structure of creative process, relations.
  8. Historicity of creation, periods, development of ideas
  9. Methodological concepts.
  10. Phases of design process. Evaluation: choice, cases, iterative method.
  11. FORMAL LANGUAGE IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Visual language: form, colour, texture, illumination. Levels of communication in architecture. Theme, motif, context – defining the form and expression.
  12. Architectural styles and orders.
  13. Modern / functionalist idiom. Purism. Brutalism.
  14. Postmodern languages. Post-postmodernism. Parametric design/digital cities. Multilayered architectural form.

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Introductory discussion: (re)discover your favourite architect
  2. Discussion: Analyse morphologically the selected architect works
  3. Discussion: Analyse morphologically the selected architect works
  4. Discussion: Analyse morphologically the selected architect works
  5. Discussion: Analyse morphologically the selected architect works
  6. Discussion: investigate the selected architect’s discourse (1)

  1. Discussion: investigate the selected architect’s discourse (2)
  2. Discussion: investigate the selected architect’s discourse (3)
  3. Discussion: investigate the selected architect’s discourse (4)
  4. Understand his/her discourses and works
  5. Understand his/her discourses and works
  6. Understand his/her discourses and works
  7. Reflections on the student’s own design
  8. Reflections on the student’s own design. Preparation for final presentations.

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Lectures
  • Presentation
  • Project
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Presentation20
Laboratory20
Term Paper60
+Laboratory = active participation in discussions - 20%
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Theory of architectural design
  • Design process
  • Formal language
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • 1. Brawne, Michael, Architectural thought: Design process and the expectant eye, Architectural Press, 2003; 1 edition, 192 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0750658515
  • 2. Arnheim, Rudolf: Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye. University of California Press, (1954) 2004 - 518 pages. ISBN: 9780520243835
  • 3. Arnheim, Rudolf: Visual Thinking, Volume 35. University of California Press, (1969) 2004 - 352 pages. ISBN: 9780520242265
  • 4. Pressman, Andrew: Designing Architecture: The Elements of Process. Routledge, 2012 – 208 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0415595162
  • 5. Pallasmaa, Juhani: The Thinking Hand (Architectural Design Primer) Wiley, 2009 – 160 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0470779293
  • 6. Unwin, Simon: Analysing Architecture, Routledge, (1997) 2009, 3rd edition. ISBN: 978-0415489287

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)16348
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)16696
Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
Final Examination(1 week) 0
Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
Preparation for Final Examination7,50
Total Workload: 144
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6