AAR4870 - Architectural Design of Large Buildings - Theory and Method 1


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

Function analysis and programming are important elements of the design process. A thorough analysis of the client’s needs should make the framework of the use of resources and the focus of the design.. So the academic content is the critical thinking and persistently questioning, allmost naivly. To take an open minded absolutely neutral position. Design methods and programmes are studied by considering specific architectural examples (case studies). Some elements may be taught in cooperation with other relevant courses.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE The candidate has ... - advanced knowledge related to the current topic of the project assignment(s) in the subject "AAR4500 Architectural Design of Large Buildings 1". - detailed knowledge of selected architecture and / or plans of high quality. - advanced experiential knowledge of the relationship between architectural representations in different formats and architecture and / or cities and towns that are in use over time. SKILLS The candidate … - is able to critically assess and recognise quality in architecture and / or plans and make use of such assessments in her own architectural work. - is able to formulate an academic text on architecture. - is able to navigate within research and development in the field of architecture. GENERAL COMPETENCE The candidate … - takes independent responsibility for her own learning and professional development and is able to apply her knowledge in new fields. - is able to reflect critically and ethically on her own architectural work, create new frameworks for understanding. - is able to communicate architectural work at a professional level and in an academic context. - relates her professional competence and commitment to important societal issues ad sustainablility.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures, seminars and presentation of compulsory assignment. A voluntary study trip might be arranged in order to obtain information about relevant architecture on site.At the start of the semester the course leader will inform the students whether an optional excursion will be arranged. Students who decide to participate cover their own travel expenses. Students who choose not to participate in the study trip will be offered alternative teaching acitvity to obtain a satisfactory learning outcome by researching information from alternative sources during the study trip.

Further on evaluation

The assignment(s) are mandatory and form(s) the basis for the assessment. Re-sit exams will be arranged early in the following semester by appointment with the course coordinator.

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 should be taken in combination with "AAR4500 Architectural Design of Large Buildings 1" in the same semester.

Course materials

Will be annouced when the course begins.

More on the course



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



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


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