Following an introduction to key concepts and methods of Architecture and Material Culture, you will start by making physical models and exploring forms of representation and manipulation of architectural form by graphic, photographic and digital means. Small scale individual and group studio projects allow an exploration of the methods of realisation, including the conventions of architectural drawing as a means of communication and methods of construction. In parallel with design projects, you will also broaden your understanding of both historical and contemporary precedents in architectural design. All work is thoroughly documented and presented in a final individual portfolio.
During this year you will consolidate your skills in preparation for the final year where theoretical views are tested. You will have the opportunity to develop your own design process and critical thinking skills, testing these skills within two projects of greater programmatic complexity and constraints. Reflective thinking skills will also be further developed through daily workbooks, which began in year 1 and in the design report.
There will also be further integration of supplementary lecture subjects within the design studio focusing on urban design. You will build on experiences by exploring the issues of building in the local urban context through architectural intervention projects. This will include the measurement, research, analysis, and representation of a local site. Through an informed understanding of context, you will propose innovative and thoughtful interventions to house public, convivial activities associated with the economic and physical opportunities of the local urban context. Theory and history will inform the understanding of the unique cultural context of the region. The special technical issues of building with existing buildings and their role in a sustainable city will be considered.
Social Practice – through a single architectural challenge, you will explore the role of the architect in making architecture. Methods and precedents of practice in shaping the built environment will be focused on contemporary issues of architecture, responding to the social context of architectural practice. Architectural design will be further explored.
The third year will emphasise the relationship between theory and the design process and practice. It will enable you to define a position within contemporary architectural dialogue, which is personally relevant to you, and then test this theoretical and practical position within architectural form.