AAR4620 - Architectural Design with Light and Colours


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Course content

The course will have specific focus on the effects of light and colour in an architectural context; light in interiors and colours in exteriors. The first assignment consists of design and construction of an exhibition in full-scale in the room laboratory. The vertical light in architecture will be studied in the second assignment. The final assignment varies to reflect and respond to contemporary architectural challenges, i.e. infill project or building rehabilitation. Sustainability is addressed through the aesthetics of adaptation to, and preservation of, heritage forms and encouraging sustainable material choices and circularity in resource reuse.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving students: Knowledge of architectural design of architectural rooms with focus on the coherence between function and aesthetics in design, natural/artificial light and colours. Skills in the design method of light distribution in room with the help of scale-models, photography of scale-models and preparation of colour outline. General competance in architectural design.

Learning methods and activities

The course will have varied forms of teaching, including lectures and seminars as well as model studies in the light laboratory and full-scale experiments in the room laboratory. Students will also design an individual architectural project.

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

The assessment on the course is carried out as a portfolio assessment with corrective oral assessment. The folder must contain a digital booklet with specialist architectural drawings, illustrations, descriptive text and model photographs that document the final project work in the subject. The digital booklet is sent in for censorship within the stated deadline. At the remedial oral exam, the student must complete an oral presentation of the project work for the examiner. The right to submit to the exam requires that compulsory exercises have been approved.

The postponed exam is carried out in the following semester, so that students who have documented a valid failure/withdrawal at the previous ordinary exam have the opportunity to carry out normal study progression.

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. The course is based on the colour and form courses at NTNU. Students should also take the course AAR4850 Light and lighting in the same semester.

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



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, Form and Colour Stuidies
  • Architecture
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


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