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What is this programme designed to achieve?

This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:
  • Use advanced CAD as a design tool by customising and extending the base functions.
  • Design user interfaces and the use of IT to present design information. Understanding of theoretical ideas in the design research field and the ability to research and document design research.

What will you learn?

Knowledge and understanding

  • An understanding of the idea of 'laws of form' and how generative processes can be used to explore architectural design.
  • Dynamic systems and how to model them
  • The use of computers to explore configurations of form and space
  • The history of design methods and Artificial Intelligence/ Artificial Life
  • The status of architectural design in the recent history of scientific understanding of perception and new models of understanding
Intellectual skills
  • The programme aims to show students a view of the built world that is process based, and to give them the tools to explore design methods especially fitted to the computer.
  • The use of Evolutionary Algorithms, Cellular Automata and other topics introduces the student to a set of formal models of the emergence of form and spatial arrangements that provide a new set of approaches to design, and an addition to the critical armoury of the architect.
Practical skills
  • The ability to use advanced CAD as a design tool by customising and extending the base functions.
  • How to design user interfaces and the use of IT to present design information.
  • Understanding of theoretical ideas in the design research field and the ability to research and document design research.
Skills for life and work

Students will be able
  • to structure and communicate ideas with clarity in spoken and written form
  • to manage time and work to deadlines
  • to find information and use information technology
  • to assess large amounts of interdisciplinary research cogently
  • to know when and how to get help
( 180 credits)

Course Structure

The proposed overall organisation follows the 12 month 72 ECTS framework. The programme is structured in three semesters A, B and C (figure 2.3.3.1). Teaching will take place in semesters A and B followed by a semester of independent studies leading to the thesis/report. Semester A and B comprises three modules each 1, 2 and 3 in semester A and modules 4, 5 and 6 in semester B.  Modules 1 and 4 Theories of Space, Architecture and Urban Systems and module 2 and 5 Theories of Digital Space delivered as seminars and lectures are 6 ECTS modules. Modules 3 and 6 Design of Virtual Space & Virtual Space Design are project based modules with 12 ECTS each.

Semester A

  • module1: Theories of  Space, Architecture and Urban Systems I
  • module 2: Theories of Digital Space I
  • module 3: Design of Virtual Space& Virtual Space Design I

Semester B

  • module 4: Theories of Space, Architecture and Urban Systems II
  • module 5: Theories of Digital Space II
  • module 6: Design of Virtual Space& Virtual Space Design II

Semester C

  • module 7: Thesis