AAR4863 - Design in Context - Workshop


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course goal is to introduce the students to a dynamic design & build process where collaboration, decisions and architectural development are essential in an intensive and contextually complex environment. The students can develop their understanding of how context will frame the architectural development and how different external and internal factors will affect the results.

The course must be taken in combination with AAR4528 Design in Context.

Learning outcome

---Knowledge: The Candidate has... - Knowledge of theory on collaboration in teams. - Experienced knowledge on collaboration in a design & build process - Technical knowledge on the sustainable design of small scale wood architecture ---Skills: The Candidate can.... - Analyze, evaluate and discuss different elements of the architectural development process of a small scale structure or building. - Develop a small scale sustainable wood-based project as part of a team ---Competence: The Candidate can... - Communicate their work professionally and in an academic context - Take responsibility for their own learning and professional development, and to use their insights in new and novel ways. - Reflect critically on their own work, create new frames of understanding and break down conventions. - Reflect and place their own work in an ethical framework within the field of architectural practice.

Learning methods and activities

The course is organised as one or several intensive workshops. The workshop is estimated to be from 7-14 days and result in a full-scale sustainable construction in wood, most often for an external client. In addition, the student will work on a preparatory part of the work, documentation of the results and a reflection of the work. For the most part, the work will occur in a group.

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

Grades are based on assessment of an oral presentation of the project. The nature and scope of it will be announced in the beginning of the semester. An oral presentation will be made to the sensors.

Postponed exams are usually scheduled for the next ordinary examination 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.

The course must be taken in combination with AAR4528 Design in Context in the same semester.

Course materials

Course materials will be handed out where necessary.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Work

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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