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CENV6159 Architectural Group Design Project

Module Overview

The project is a Group learning experience that enables you to apply your knowledge to the design of a complex building/structure in an urban context that responds to (a) social, (b) technical and (c) environmental/contextual aspects of a built environment problem. You will negotiate with your 'client', be it your supervisor or an external sponsor, develop your brief, plan your project, present and develop your work through drawn/written and oral presentation maintaining a clear record of design development. At all times you will monitor your progress to ensure you are achieving the objectives set while ensuring quality of output.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Architecture’s relationship to social, technical and environmental/contextual aspects of the project
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Refine an architectural idea into an integrated engineering design solution
  • Resolve and coordinate the technical aspects of the proposal
  • Establish a clear brief and prioritise complex issues
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Independent and Group learning
  • Time management
  • Written and oral communication
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Control for quality of output


- Design methodologies. - Social, economic, cultural, technical and environmental aspects of design.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods are mainly consultations with your supervisor normally held weekly, and occasional meetings with sponsors/client. There will be an interim ‘crit’ after the Christmas vacation and a final ‘crit’ at the end of Semester 1 which both provide opportunities for presentation of your design and to receive feedback. Learning activities include creative problem solving, researching and may include a site visit to the locality of the structure.

Design development400
Project supervision15
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list

General Module Resource. - Texts and references will be recommended according to the design brief set each year and to your specific area of interest and investigation. These are generally available online or from the library. - Licenced academic versions of Computer Aided Design, presentation and analytical engineering software are available on university computers and to download for use on your own computer. These include AutoDesk, Adobe and structural analysis packages. - You have extended access to the Civil Engineering and Architecture Design Studio, which includes the use of an A0 plotter, as well as the use of the School of Engineering design studios, workshops, computing facilities and specialist testing facilities. - A budget of £300 plus £80 per student is available to support this project.



MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 20%
Report 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:


Students are expected to cover the costs associated with the printing and binding of reports the printing of drawings and graphics for presentations. These are typically expected to be of the order of £100 per group, also depending on the quality of printing and binding chosen. Note that funds from the project’s budget cannot be used for this purpose.

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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