AAR4619 - 3Houses


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course investigates the process of designing buildings. It challenges the ability to formulate precise architectural ideas and concepts, through using narratives, making sketches, and building clear physical conceptual models. This derives from the belief that if you can formulate your project with a high level of precision, it is much easier to translate this into a strong architectural project.

Students taking this course are required to take the accompanying theory course AAR4609 3Houses Theory Part (7.5sp).

Learning outcome

3Houses is based on the premise that the students explore how architecture speak to us, through words, material, form, and culture to improve their own professional intuition. The main goal of the course is that the students reach a higher level of consciousness in working with the architectural design process, through actively be able to identify their intentions concerning form, space, light, sequence, movement as well as contextual presence.


The candidate;

  • Must have in-depth understanding of architecture as a field of complex knowledge, its theory and history, as well as its technical, scientific, social, and cultural basis and can apply this knowledge in their own work.
  • Should have a considerable aesthetic and practical understanding and can apply this tacit knowledge in their own work.
  • Must have highly developed experiential knowledge of the relationship between architectural representations at different levels of abstraction and built architecture.


The candidate;

  • Should be able to form architecture through artistic and scientific investigations, concept development and architectural design in various scales and formats.
  • Must have control of architectural methods, tools, and forms of expression, and demonstrate these in an artistic way in their own project in a professional and experimental manner.


The candidate;

  • Should take independent responsibility of their own learning and professional development.
  • Should be able to reflect critically on their own architectural work, create new frameworks for understanding and depart from conventions after critical consideration.
  • Should manage to communicate their own (and others) architectural work to collegaues as well as to the general public at a professional level.

Learning methods and activities

3Houses is a project-based studio, consisting of three projects throughout the semester. The learning methods consist of lectures, excursions, design studio guidance and the students oral project presentations and discussions with teachers, external professionals, and classmates. The first days of the design process is about formulating the form idea, with a combination of words, drawings and sometimes even a conceptual model. Then begins the process of developing the idea into an architectural project with guidance from the teacher team.

The teacher will inform students at the start of the semester if there will be a voluntary excursion. Students who participate in voluntary excursions will be expected to pay an individual sum. Students who choose not to participate in the voluntary excursion will be offered an alternative teaching plan.

Further on evaluation

Grading in the course is based on a portfolio of three projects and oral presentations. The portfolio should contain drawings, illustrations, text, and model photographs which document the project work in the course. The student is given an opportunity to present the projects orally and receive feedback from guest critics during the semester.

Examiners will review all three projects in the submitted portfolio and set an overall grade for the course.

Postponed exams are offered in the next regular exam period. Students who fail must take the course again.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes. For more information:

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, bachelor in architecture or equivalent.

Course materials

Material for building models and drawing analogue and digital.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-12-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 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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