2016 Theory of Architectural Design I

Font size  SML

Register update notification mail Add to favorite lecture list
Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yasuda Koichi  Okuyama Shinichi  Tsukamoto Yoshiharu  Yamazaki Taisuke  Murata Ryo  Shiozaki Taishin  Kawashima Norihisa  Kovacs Bence 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Intensive (M112)  
Course number
Academic year
Offered quarter
Syllabus updated
Lecture notes updated
Language used
Access Index

Course description and aims

In designing a work of architecture, it is not only the drawing techniques and resultant forms that are important. The architectural thought concerning design methods, theories, and insights into its surroundings, are indispensable. The Design Course stream looks into such ways of thinking as well as actual design techniques.
In this course, architectural thought regarding designing, shapes, environments, and the social role of the architect, etc., will be discussed.
1. Methodology of Architectural Composition
2. Topics Concerning Architecture and the City
3. Critique of Recent Works

Student learning outcomes

1 Ability to understand architectural design with language
2 Ability to understand architectural design with cultural field
3 Ability to understand architectural design with social situation theory
4 Ability to understand architectural design with semiology


Architectural design, Explanation capability, semiology

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of lectures and discussion. Finally each students find the theme of architectural design and write a critic as a report.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 introduction understanding architectural theoly and architectural philosophy
Class 2 theory of architectural form understanding theory of architectural form
Class 3 discussion 1 attend the discussion
Class 4 theory of architectural space understanding theory of architectural space
Class 5 discussion 2 attend the discussion
Class 6 theory of architectural composition understanding theory of architectural composition
Class 7 discussion 3 attend the discussion
Class 8 theory of architectural place understanding theory of architectural place
Class 9 discussion 4 attend the discussion
Class 10 theory of architectural scale understanding theory of architectural scale
Class 11 discussion 5 attend the discussion
Class 12 Media studies in architecture understanding Media studies in architecture
Class 13 discussion 6 attend the discussion
Class 14 theory of architectural system understanding theory of architectural system
Class 15 discussion 7 attend the discussion



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Final report(60%) ,Discussion(40%)

Related courses

  • ARC.D446 : Theory of Architectural DesignⅡ

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


Page Top