Architecture Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Architecture Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ARCI 212, Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or proper booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an accurate representation of the student?s skills set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Studio-based contemporary design issues related to the professional specialisations and research interests of academic staff. Introduction to design as a research-led activity and as a research methodology.

    In ARCI311 Architectural Design is presented as an outcome of systematic applied thinking (design methodologies) explored through recognised representational conventions and mediums. All design led research requires specific criteria in order to establish parameters for inquiry. These start with familiar problems - site, programme, user needs, etc. - but ARCI311 expands these to include representational issues relating to creative and intellectual problems. That is, we will start to explore architecture as an immersive representational realm that requires more than simply the pragmatic demands of ?successful? building. Underlying this approach is an appreciation that architects depend upon drawings and models to make their contribution to society. Drawings and models are not just practical activities; they are the representational anchors for our imaginative, innovative and intellectual activities. Understanding how this works is essential. To this end you will be developing your ability to visually articulate and action a creative strategy that provides some original insight in the form of a design scheme. Fundamental to this approach will be establishing rigorous, process driven approaches to your design activity that seek to align patterns of daily life (human ritual) with patterns of space, form, mass and materials (geometry).

    In ARCI311 you will be streamed into a tutor led research group. This means that you will elect to work closely with your tutor to identify a studio problem and develop a visual strategy toward a creative solution. All the tutorial groups operate under common educational goals but within each group some margin will be provided for the particular interests of the students and their tutor.

    In this course we aim for students to learn to be able to do the following:
    Frame a design project in terms of an applied theme (programme and people).
    Collect, organise and interpret information relevant to your design issue (data patterns)
    Devise and action a representational design strategy (applied patterns)
    Present you findings in the form of a design scheme (presentation)

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1: Identify and apply a systematic approach to the critique, development, and presentation of their work.
    2: Define and discuss their design work in relation to a broader fields of architectural geometry and with specific regard for historical, theoretical, technological, aesthetic, and cultural contexts.
    3: Identify, collate, evaluate, and then apply formal strategies relevant to a defined particular problem.
    4: Present the outcome of the architectural investigation as an original, integrated scheme.

    Exercise 1: Report 40%
    Exercise 2: Model 40%
    Exercise 3: Presentation 20%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.