2019 Architectural Design Studio III

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Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yasuda Koichi  Okuyama Shinichi  Tsukamoto Yoshiharu  Yamazaki Taisuke  Murata Ryo  Nasu Satoshi  Shiozaki Taishin  Kawashima Norihisa  Katsuki Ayumi 
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Course description and aims

In the modern architectural design world, there are a variety of design competitions aimed at architects. These competitions expect and assess competitors on not just their basic competence in architectural design, but also whether their conceptualization of ideas and ability to present drawings are on a high level. This exercise deals with design competitions that students are eligible for as a simulation of real-world design, and aside from providing motivation for taking part in these design competitions, a review of the final submission enhances students' ability to explain with language.

Student learning outcomes

By taking with this course, the following skills are acquired. 1) Increased motivation to participate in design competitions 2) Enhanced conceptional ability and drawing creation skills when working alone, not in a group 3) Linguistic explanation skills in feedback sessions that serve as boards of review (English)


Architectural design, Design competition, Ability of space conception

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students are encouraged to take part in design competitions, to each decide on a problem, and create a project. A presentation review session is held for the final submission.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Figuring out the problem description
Class 2 Figure out design competitions students are eligible for Research architectural media and explore design competitions you are eligible for
Class 3 Figure out programs of design competitions for which students are eligible Check descriptions of design competitions you are eligible for
Class 4 Select a design competition students are eligible for Examine descriptions of design competitions you are eligible for, and narrow down to one
Class 5 Figure out programs of design competitions for which students are eligible Analyze in detail the problem description of design competition students finally selected
Class 6 Making a concept Make a concept that corresponds to problem description
Class 7 Check the social meaning of the basic concept Check what the created basic concept means under the current circumstances
Class 8 Try giving spatial dimensions to basic concept and materialize it (morphological level) Conceptualize a form based on the basic concept
Class 9 Try giving spatial dimensions to basic concept and materialize it (spatial level) Conceptualize a space based on the basic concept
Class 10 Try giving spatial dimensions to basic concept and materialize it (environmental level) Conceptualize an environment based on what the basic concept promises
Class 11 Integration of basic concepts Integrated form, space, and environment
Class 12 Conceptualizing the presentation Forge concept for drawing submission
Class 13 Creating a drawing for presentation Create drawing submission
Class 14 Creating a presentation manuscript for the final presentation session Conceptualize and create presentation manuscript
Class 15 Final Presentation and Critics Final Presentation and Critics



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Assessment criteria and methods

Level of Understanding for project(10%), Conception ability of Design(20%), Presentation Skills(50%), Explanation capability(10%), Commitment at Esquisse check(10%)

Related courses

  • ARC.D421 : Architectural Design Studio I
  • ARC.D422 : Architectural Design Studio II

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

Conception ability of architectural design. Because of the necessity to make drawings, only students belonging to Architectural faculty can take this course.

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