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CENV3062 Architecture 3

Module Overview

This module builds upon the design modules within year’s 1 and 2 and places specific attention to the process of designing structures where the solutions and elements are fully integrated, with a particular focus on the relationship between their contexts, user requirements, structure, material and space. A design brief each year is set within an urban environment and provides the opportunity to pursue, investigate and experiment with individual design methodologies and processes within a real world context. This module closely links to CENV3056 Structural Engineering and draws from CENV3020 Geotechnical Engineering. Students are expected to invest the knowledge gained in previous years and develop designs in a manner that balances form, function and technical considerations. This module seeks to provide an environment akin to a professional design office and looks to develop the working and communication practices that exist within industry. Students will use the weekly studio sessions to progress their design work alongside their peers and will receive individual tutorials. A final and a number of interim presentations to design tutors, fellow students and external critics from industry will demonstrate the design proposal throughout its development.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Build on the Year 2 module, CENV2028 Design 2 and to develop further abilities in design. The module provides a design project that adjacent engineering modules can draw associations with, in particular CENV3020 Geotechnical Engineering and CENV3056 Structural Engineering.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identifying interesting and appropriate ideas to drive your project.
  • Identifying key underlying design concepts and be able to effectively communicate the unique design characteristics of your project.
  • Develop an initial idea into the final proposal.
  • Choose modes of representation that are appropriate to your design work.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Observation & Analysis - Gather appropriate data, including site data, and analyse it so that it is relevant to your project.
  • Develop a design proposal that is in the realm of the possible and shows an awareness of structure, materiality, the nature of the environment, human abilities, basic human needs and the scale of the programme.
  • Successfully locate a project on a site and develop a design to a point where it is represented at 1:100 or 1:50 in plan, section and elevation.
  • Use digital and manual modelling to appropriately explore your project.
  • Resolve a project to a suitable level of clarity and technical understanding. So that a synthesis is apparent between the building function, structure, materials, environment and the user experience.
  • Use drawings and models communicate your work clearly and concisely.
  • Provide and record supporting design information within an organised sketchbook or Appendix.


• The design processes involved in the effective realisation of a building design. • Functional building arrangements that relate to current statutory regulation. • The development of designs that relate to our time, their context, and a speculative/ adaptive future. • The relationship between structure, material, light and space (the creation of forms that exceed purely functional solutions). • Construction cost and design value. • Physical modeling to develop and test design proposals. • Computer modeling to develop and test design proposals. • Graphical representation and drawing convention to effectively communicate design considerations and proposals at each stage of the design process.

Special Features

• The opportunity to practically apply knowledge to design, and prototype a unique design proposal in relation to a real site. • The opportunity for students to develop individual design skills within the context of an environment akin to a professional office. • Visiting critics who are practicing architects and engineers attend presentations • Field trip to the project site

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is delivered through a combination of the following: 1. Individual and group tutorials for the discussion of design concepts and the resolution of detailed design. 2. Presentations for the review and discussion of design proposals with a range of building design related professionals. 3. A field trip to gain a direct understanding of the proposed project site. This module seeks to provide a working environment and processes akin to a professional design office. The teaching pattern is summarised below. Semester 1 • 1 x 3hr Project Briefing session. (week 1) • 1 x 3hr Field Trip (week 1 or 2, subject to timetabling) • 1 x 3hr Group Tutorial. Focusing on the overall design/ site investigations and strategy. (week 2) • 1 x 3hr Interim Design Review. Focusing on the overall design/ site investigations and strategy. (week 3) • 1 x 3hr Group Tutorial. Focusing on the site ground model and foundation design concepts. (week 6 or 7, subject to timetabling) • 1 x 30min Tutorial. Focusing on structural design concepts. (week 6 or 7, subject to timetabling) • 1 x 3hr Interim Design Review (week 10) • 8 x 30min Tutorials (individual) (weeks, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 & 15) Semester 2 • 1 x 30min Technical Review (week 1(18)) • 1 x 3hr Interim Design Review (week 7(24)) • 1 x 3hr Final Presentation (week 12(33)) • 9 x 30min Tutorials (individual) (weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11)) Ad-hoc tutorials in addition to those listed above may be available to suit the progression of individual projects. Tutorials supporting key structural engineering aspects will be linked to overall design progression and offered in addition to those listed above. Student led learning: Students are encouraged to take greater control of their own learning experience by: • Undertaking group and individual research. • Close Integration with other Year 3 and 4 students • Attending intermediate and final presentations of project work by other year groups. • Recording and reflecting on the development of their work.

Completion of assessment task416
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

Other resource. Data books and software manuals are available for all of the taught software packages. Online tutorials are also available. Specific texts and references will be recommended according to the design brief set each year and according to a student’s specific area of interest and investigation. Students are expected to draw upon knowledge gained throughout the course with specific focus applied to resources listed within the Part 1 and 2 design, structure and geotechnical related modules.

Software requirements. Adobe Creative Suite - Available via the Design Studio machines. Data books and software manuals are available for all of the taught software packages. Online tutorials are also available.

Software requirements. Structural simulation software, such as LUSAS. Data books and software manuals are available for all of the taught software packages. Online tutorials are also available

Teaching space, layout and equipment required.. Design Studios Workshops Computing facilities Specialist engineering facilities such as the Heavy Structures Laboratory subject to focus of student project.

Software requirements. Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor. Students are provided with self-paced introductory training in Year 1 and provided with a licenced student version for home use. Data books and software manuals are available for all of the taught software packages. Online tutorials are also available



MethodPercentage contribution
Design project 80%
Design project 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Design 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students are expected to cover the costs associated with the printing of drawings and graphic presentations. These are typically expected to be of the order of £100 per student, also depending on the quality of printing chosen. (printing-and-copying)

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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