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  1. Title of the module


  1. School which will be responsible for management of the module

Kent School of Architecture

  1. Start date of the module

September 2013

  1. The cohort of students (onwards) to which the module will be applicable


  1. The number of students expected to take the module


  1. Modules to be withdrawn on the introduction of this proposed module and consultation with other relevant Schools and Faculties regarding the withdrawal

AR533 Urban 2; no consultation required.

  1. Level of the module (e.g. Certificate [C], Intermediate [I], Honours [H] or Postgraduate [M])


  1. The number of credits which the module represents

45 (22.5 ECTS)

  1. Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern)


  1. Prerequisite and co-requisite modules


  1. The programme(s) of study to which the module contributes

BA (Hons) Architecture

  1. The intended subject specific learning outcomes. By the end of the module a student will be expected to have acquired:

  1. An ability to prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief

  1. An ability to understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project

  1. An ability to develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user

  1. Adequate knowledge of the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach

  2. Knowledge of how the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design

  1. Knowledge of the creative application of such work to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualization and representation

  1. Knowledge of theories of urban design and the planning of communities

  1. Knowledge of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment

  1. Knowledge of current planning policy and development control legislation, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and the relevance of these to design development

  1. Understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design

  1. Understanding of the way in which buildings fit into their local context

  1. Understanding of the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and the wider society

  1. An understanding of the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types, to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context

  1. An understanding of the contributions of architects and co-professionals to the formulation of the brief, and the methods of investigation used in its preparation

  1. An understanding of the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of design proposals

  1. An understanding of the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types, to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context

  1. An understanding of the contributions of architects and co-professionals to the formulation of the brief, and the methods of investigation used in its preparation

  1. An understanding of the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design

  1. An understanding of strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques

  1. An understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices

  1. Knowledge of the principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments

  1. Knowledge of systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design

  1. Knowledge of strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project

  1. The skills to critically examine the financial factors implied in varying building types, constructional systems, and specification choices, and the impact of these on architectural design

  1. The skills to understand the cost control mechanisms which operate during the development of a project

  1. The skills to prepare designs that will meet building users’ requirements and comply with UK legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and safety requirements

  1. Knowledge of the fundamental legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the architect, and the organizations, regulations and procedures involved in the negotiation and approval of architectural designs, including land law, development control, building regulations and health and safety legislation

  1. Knowledge of the professional inter-relationships of individuals and organizations involved in procuring and delivering architectural projects, and how these are defined through contractual and organizational structures

  1. Knowledge of the basic management theories and business principles related to running both an architect’s practice and architectural projects, recognizing current and emerging trends in the construction industry

  1. The intended generic learning outcomes. By the end of the module a student will be expected to have acquired:

  1. The ability to generate design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge, some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic discipline of architecture

  1. The ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively

  1. An understanding of the alternative materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction

  1. Knowledge of the context of the architect and the construction industry, and the professional qualities needed for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstances

  1. The ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required for further professional education

  1. A synopsis of the curriculum

This module, the final one of the programme, engages students in the design of a building in an urban centre. In lectures and seminars, it deals with distinctive urban plans in the contemporary world, as well as a consideration of their historical provenance. The design exercise seeks to locate a complex building type, of mixed social use, within a developed urban fabric. The module assesses a student’s capabilities, skills, knowledge and understanding that are brought to bear on such a design. The key design skill to be demonstrated is the integration of the conflicting demands surrounding a proposal that successfully balances the requirements of client, user and the public with the cultural, technical and environmental pressures encountered. As the final statement of student competence, the design will be expected to successfully demonstrate critical and reflective awareness of process across a wide range of indicators, including awareness of fine art theories and methods of production as applied to building. The outputs required will comprise a fully designed building proposal, with an accompanying report. The report component will comprise design studies and a technical analysis of the building and its systems, responding to a targeted lecture series. They will also produce a building assessment from the perspective of a professional practice, management & law lecture series, and generate appraisals of the building as though it were a live project, in terms of appointment, procurement, planning permission, statutory permissions and cost.

  1. Indicative Reading List


Adria, Miquel, et al. 2005 10x10 2: 100 Architects, 010 Critics. London: Phaidon.
Bloomer, Kent C., Moore, Charles Willard, Yudell, Robert J. 1978. Body, Memory and Architecture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
Hall, Peter. 1998. Cities in Civilisation. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
Ibelings, Hans. 2002. Supermodernism. Rotterdam: Nai.
Rowe, Colin and Koetter, Fred. 1978. Collage City. Cambridge, Mass: MIT.
Sennett, Richard. 2003. Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Weston, Richard. 2003. Materials Form and Architecture. London: Laurence King.

Zumthor, Peter. 1998.Architektur Denken. Baden, CH: Lars Müller.
Bentley, Ian, Alcock, Alan and Murrain, Paul and McGlynn, Sue and Smith, Graham. 1985. Responsive environments: a manual for designers. Architectural Press.
Bizley, Graham. 2007. Architecture in detail. Architectural Press.
Borer, Pat and Harris, Cindy. 1998, 2008. The whole house book (3rd edition). Machynlleth: The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).
BRECSU Building a sustainable future: homes for an autonomous community. 1998. General Information Report 53. BRECSU (GIR53)
Broome, Jon. 2007. The green self-build book: how to design and build your own eco-home. Green Books
Brown, Lance J and Dixon, David and Oliver, Gillham. 2009. Urban design for an urban century: placemaking for people. John Wiley.
Chambers, Nicky and Simmons, Craig and Wackernagel, Mathis. 2000. Sharing nature’s interest: ecological footprints as an indicator of sustainability. London: Earthscan.
Department for Communities and Local Government. 2006. Code for sustainable homes: a step-change in sustainable home building practice. London: Department for Communities and Local Government.
Department for Communities and Local Government. 2007. Code for sustainable homes: technical guide. London: Department for Communities and Local Government. Available only as an on-line document at:
Hawkes, Dean. 2007 The environmental imagination. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
Horden, Richard. 2008. Microarchitecture. London. Thames and Hudson.
Hyde, Richard. 2007. Bioclimatic housing. Earthscan.
Lechner, Norbert. Heating Cooling & Lighting – Sustainable Design Methods for Architects (3rd ed). Wiley.

McLeod, Virginia. 2007. Detail in contemporary residential architecture. London: Laurence King.

Chapell, D., Understanding JCT standard building Contracts (Spon: London, 2003)
Green, R., The Architect’s Guide to Running a Job (Architectural Press, London, 2001)
Harper, R., A Student’s Guide to the First Year in an Architect’s Office (RIBA: London)
Soulsby, Business Law (McGraw, 1989)
Speaight, A., The Architect’s Legal Handbook (Architectural Press: London, 2004)

  1. Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement of the intended learning outcomes

What you do

How long you do it for

How this relates to

the learning outcomes

of the module

Lecture course on technology & Environment

1 hour each x 6

= 6 hours

12: B C O R S T U V W

13: A C

Lecture course on Management Practice & Law (Lectures & Seminars)

10 of each

= 20 hours

12: I, L, Q, X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC

13: A, D, E

Lecture course on design

1 hour each x 6

= 6 hours

12: C, D, E, F, G, H, K,

13: A B C D

Private study and background reading on


374 hours


Group tutorials on development of design proposal

2 hours each x 10

= 20 hours


Crits: final and interim

6 hours each x 4

= 24 hours


Total Module hours = 450

  1. Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended learning outcomes



Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate:

Design 70%

(Report & Project)

12: A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, M, O, P

13: A, B, E

Environment & Technology 15%

(Report & Project)

12: B, C, J, O, R, S, T, U, V, W

13: B, C

Professional Practice 15%


12: I, L, N, Q, X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC

13:D, E

N.B. Assessment is based on submission of a report and the project.

  1. Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space

A similar module has been taught for a number of years and is adequately resourced. It has been assessed though examination, and the change to embedded report assessment sill be simple to implement, with benefits of increased synergy and coordination.

  1. The School recognises and has embedded the expectations of current disability equality legislation, and supports students with a declared disability or special educational need in its teaching. Within this module we will make reasonable adjustments wherever necessary, including additional or substitute materials, teaching modes or assessment methods for students who have declared and discussed their learning support needs. Arrangements for students with declared disabilities will be made on an individual basis, in consultation with the University’s disability/dyslexia support service, and specialist support will be provided where needed.

  2. Campus(es) where module will be delivered1


If the module is part of a programme in a Partner College or Validated Institution, please complete the following:

  1. Partner College/Validated Institution

  2. University School (for cognate programmes) or Faculty (for non-cognate programmes) responsible for the programme

Not applicable


Statement by the School Director of Learning and Teaching/School Director of Graduate Studies (as appropriate): "I confirm I have been consulted on the above module proposal and have given advice on the correct procedures and required content of module proposals"


Director of Learning and Teaching/Director of Graduate Studies (delete as applicable)


Print Name



Statement by the Head of School: "I confirm that the School has approved the introduction of the module and, where the module is proposed by School staff, will be responsible for its resourcing"


Head of School


Print Name



1 Required for information purposes only. Changes of campus will not require re-approval of the module specification.

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