AAR4853 - Architectural Understanding - Essay Writing


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

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

Course content

The course may be canceled if less than 12 students register for the course.

The course emphasizes the relation between our understanding and our way of manifesting this understanding – whether it is through writing or drawing. Central architectural questions will be raised, and the course gives an overview over and repetition of architectural design methods with specific focus on developing the individual approach and methodological underpinnings for the master thesis. The course ends up with the writing of an essay, which makes the basis for the pre-project of the master thesis for students in architecture.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The students will develop their understanding of the working methods of the architectural profession on the basis of literature studies, lectures and reflection on their own practice. The understanding and knowledge will be developed to the level that will enable the students to choose the most suitable methodological approaches to an architectural problem.

Skills: The students will be able to formulate an approach to their task on the basis of a critical and methodological thinking and writing. Architecture students will be able to develop a process-plan for their own work, both in a specific way as underpinning for their own master thesis, and generally as underpinning for a professional practice.

General competence: The student will, on a qualified basis, be able to take an independent position on ethical problems in society and in the profession.

Learning methods and activities

The course is organized in two main parts with separate written assignments. In the first part the students are working in groups, and here central architectural themes are raised through the study of architecture in Trondheim from the 13th Century to the buildings of today. The second part addresses the essay form, and here the theme and approach to the master thesis in the following semester are developed. The second part also includes a presentation of the process and methods as a preliminary study for the master thesis. The course comprises lectures on design methods and professional design processes for architects. Reading of the other students´ assignments, and studies of literature, will give a general introduction to theory and design methods, and in this way the study makes up specific underpinnings for themes and approaches relevant for the individual master theses.

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

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. Students admitted to minor in architecture do also qualify.

Course materials

Information about literature and films will be given at start of semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Theory
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology



Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100

Release 2020-10-30

Submission 2020-11-06

Release 12:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
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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