AAR4300 - Architecture 1 - Introduction to Architecture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

Design and form: 75% Professionally integrated Form aspect. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional: 15% Subject-integrated architectural historical and theoretical aspect: 10% Basic exercises and skills training through site registration and architectural design:

Assignment 1: Structure in landscape. Design M = 1:10 + full-scale construction. Lectures / seminars. Group work. Assignment 2: Architecture and society. Registration, surveying and dissemination of building and landscapes. Reading architecture in a societal perspective. Excursion. Lectures / seminars. Literature studies in architectural theory. Group work.

Assignment 3: Individual final design task. Lectures / seminars. Workshops.

Assignment 4: Reflection part. Individually. Delivered digitally. Visual documentation and written reflection on own learning. It is encouraged to link between the design tasks in Ark 1 and the subjects that are ordinarily followed in parallel; Form & Color 1, Construction Theory and Ex.Phil./aesthetic theory.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE The candidate has - basic knowledge of the theoretical, practical, ethical and aesthetic basis of architecture, with emphasis on the aspects of Use, Place, Space and Tectonics and their interaction. - a basic understanding of the social role, multi-perspective nature and artistic dimension of the architecture profession. - overview of central themes in 20th century architectural theory. - a practical experience and rudimentary understanding of the basic aspects related to the sustainability issue in architecture. SKILLS The candidate - has basic skills in architectural design as process and method. - understands the subject's working methods, tools and forms of expression at a basic level and can apply these in architectural design. - can apply, at a basic level, knowledge of the subject's natural, social, cultural and technological prerequisites in architectural design. - can apply basic aesthetic, physical experiences and ethical assessments in architectural design. - knows and can use basic drawing conventions in the production of architectural drawings such as plan, sections and facades. GENERAL COMPETENCE The candidate - can communicate their own architectural work using plans and models at a basic professional level and in an academic context. - takes independent responsibility for their own learning and professional development and can apply knowledge within the framework of the subject. - can reflect on and position their own academic contribution in relation to ethical issues in the practice of the subject. - can contribute constructively in collaborative projects and have an understanding of the perspectives of different areas of knowledge. - have an understanding of multi-perspective integral thinking (the complexity aspect) and the culture-bearing role of architecture (the depth aspect

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is mainly conducted as project work with guidance at the workshop/ ”tegnesalen”, and is based on skills training and development of understanding of the subject's character. Curiosity and open attitude working with the assignments are encouraged. Emphasis is placed both on group work, so that different perspectives and experiences become part of the basis of knowledge and independent work where individual learning processes are central. Theoretical part: lectures, seminars, literature studies.

Excursions can be arranged as part of the teaching of the course. The course leader will inform the students if the excursion is obligatory or optional at the start of the semester. Obligatory excursions will be free of cost for all students. Students who participate in optional excursions must expect to pay a small share of the expenses. For students who do not participate in optional excursions, an alternative will be offered.

Further on evaluation

The final project work forms the basis for the assessment. All other submissions will be considered approved / not approved through the submitted portfolio. At the regular exam, students are offered the opportunity to present the final project work orally to the examiner. The oral presentation itself is not part of the assessment. Deferred exams are normally added to the next exam period. Sensor guidance and requirements for submitted material / assignment booklets are available for the students on Blackboard right after the exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to study program: Architecture (MAAR)

Course materials

Scholarly texts in pdf-format together with recommended literature.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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