AAR4431 - Architecture and Architectural Design Knowledge 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved exercises 100/100

Course content

Case studies of recent and historic residential architecture. Students work in groups.

It is recommended that this course be taken in parallel or in advance of AAR4416 Architecture 3 - Housing which is taught the same semester.

Learning outcome


The candidate has ...
- basic knowledge of the theory, ideas and history of residential architecture.
- detailed knowledge of selected residential architecture of high-quality.
- basic knowledge of literature search, reference usage and copyright in academic texts and architectural documentation.
- basic experiential knowledge of the relationship between architectural drawings, architectural models, architecture photos, architectural sketches and built architecture in use.


The candidate ...
- is able to assess quality in architectural works on a basic level.
- is able to contribute to architectural critique in essay form at a basic level.
- has basic skills in the production of 2D CAD drawings of built architecture based on existing drawings, surveying and photographs.
- can contribute to the production of precise architectural models of built architecture.
- has basic skills in architectural photography as well as photography of architectural models and interior models.
- has basic skills in digital workflow and relevant applications for vector graphics and desktop publishing with a professional, publishable result.

General competence:

The candidate ...
- takes independent responsibility for their own learning and professional development and can apply her knowledge in new fields.
- is able to communicate architectural work at a nearly professional level and in an academic context in the form of contributions to a printed publication and exhibition as well as digital presentation.
- is able to reflect critically and ethically on their own architectural work and create new frameworks for understanding.
- is able to contribute actively, constructively and productively in complex group work in which each individual undertakes different roles and tasks, and takes shared responsibility for the quality of a comprehensive end product.
- relates their professional competence and commitment to important societal issues.

Learning methods and activities

The course is conducted as a group assignment related to case studies of a selection of recent and historical housing projects. The assignment includes information retrieval, writing of texts and presentation. The teaching will consist of lectures, seminars, discussions and critiques, as well as guidance in groups.

As part of the group assignment, a voluntary study trip might be arranged to visit the housing projects in order to obtain information on site. Students who decide to participate cover their own travel expenses. Students who choose not to participate in the study trip will obtain an equivalent learning outcome by researching information from alternative sources during the study trip.

Further on evaluation

The final assignment forms the basis for the assessment. All other submissions are mandatory and are considered approved / not approved.

At the regular exam, students are offered the opportunity to present the final exercise orally to the sensor. The oral presentation itself is not included as part of the assessment.

Students can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Basic courses A1 and A2, or equivalent.

Course materials

Academic texts in pdf format as well as recommended books.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved exercises 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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