AAR4431 - Architecture and Architectural Design Knowledge 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

Case studies of recent and historic 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

Knowledge: The candidate has ... - basic knowledge of the theory, ideas and history of residential architecture. - detailed knowledge of selected 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. Skills: 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 and sustainability.

Learning methods and activities

The course is conducted as a group assignment related to case studies of a selection of recent and historical architectural 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.

An optional excursion can be arranged as part of the teaching of the course. At the start of the semester the course leader will inform the students whether an optional excursion will be arranged. Students who participate in optional excursions must expect to pay a share of the expenses. For students who do not participate in optional excursions, an alternative will be offered.

Further on evaluation

Grades are based on assessment of a portfolio. The portfolio should contain a digital case study that includes an academic text, professionally executed architectural drawings, architectural photographs, and model photographs. The file should be delivered for censorship within the stated deadline.

Postponed exams are offered in the following semester, so that students who have a documented a valid absence or failed the previous ordinary exam, can complete normal study progression.

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.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
AAR4440 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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