Architecture Design Integration

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Architecture Design Integration

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ARCI 211; 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 propger booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an acurate representation of the student's skill set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Studio-based projects explore people-environment relationships, integrating knowledge gained in the Human Environmental Science course. Architecture is examined as a means for modifying human environments in ways that effect comfort, efficiency, mood and meaning.

    Creatively exploring the essential partnership between architecture and the people who inhabit its spaces and surroundings ? bringing design to life.

    The central theme of this course is an exploration of the human perception and understanding of architecture through the senses. The course addresses the elements and principles of visual, acoustic and thermal sensory inputs and investigates how they can be used in creating architecture, especially environmentally friendly and sustainable architecture.

    ARCI 212 investigates the architectural implications of site and context. Project work looks at the elements and
    principles of site analysis ? researching & measuring the environmental, physical, urban, cultural, historical, social and legal context of the design.

    The design projects explored in ARCI 212 are aimed at developing and challenging student design and analysis skills
    in the making of architecture. Visual, thermal and acoustic aspects of space and architecture are considered in depth.
    Students explore how measurable qualities can relate to and affect the sensory experience of architecture and its context.

    Emphasis is placed on bringing all these architectural and human elements together in design work. Integrating the environmental and technological factors in this course?s project work is elaborated on and analysed in student assignments in SARC 223.

    The Architecture conceived while designing for the course projects is to be imagined as if it will become part of the built environment and used for human inhabitation.

    Course Learning Objectives
    At the successful completion of the course, students who pass should be able to:
    1. Critically apply history, theory and precedent studies to elaborate contemporary architectural issues.
    2. Successfully investigate, and act on, the social, cultural and ethical issues influencing designed environments.
    3. Evaluate, develop and apply a design strategy that integrates aesthetic, contextual, functional, economic, and technological criteria.
    4. Resolve, present and discuss an original and creative solution.

    Assignment 1 10%
    Assignment 2 30%
    Assignment 3 25%
    Assignment 4 35%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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 reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

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.


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