Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 9. Grading scale: UG. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. AAHA60 overlap following cours/es: AAH141. Compulsory for: A1. Course coordinator: Professor Lars-Henrik Ståhl, ass. professor Tomas Tägil, ass. professor Mats Hultman, see "further information", Inst för arkitektur och byggd miljö. Assessment: To obtain a passing mark each student shall have made all submissions required; and handed in, and got approved, all projects and exercises and collected in a portfolio for the term in question. In addition he or she shall have achieved at least an approved result on each examination; attended at least eighty per cent of all lectures, workshops and pre-arranged exercises with assistants in drafting. Examinations shall be made of individual and group-based work. Having been submitted before the date of the examination, project material is examined when the student presents it orally to his or her fellow students and their teachers who form for the occasion an assessment group. Within three working days, the student is informed whether his or her project has Passed or Failed. Should it Fail, the examiner shall inform the student what is needed to achieve a Pass, and the student may be re-examined once he or she has done what is necessary. Other exercises can be examined in for example a seminar, a conversation with an examiner, or in writing. Further information: Prof. Lars-Henrik Ståhl, Ass.Prof. Tomas Tägil and Ass.Prof. Mats Hultman are responsible for teaching the first-year studies and the studios (respectively X, Y and Z); they are also the examiners. lars-,, Home page:

The Course is a base for the four basic courses during the student’s first two years, this course aims to give him or her step-by-step a basic knowledge and ability to use an architect’s tools with correct drawing and model building techniques, terms and ability to use these knowledge to design a small a simple building. The course also is preparing the students to follow the next step in the following Basic Course.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

individually, but with support from a teacher know:

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

individually, but with support from a teacher know:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

individually, but with support from a teacher know:

The course aims to introduce students to the means architects use to give form to architectural ideas. It focuses closely on drawing techniques, to teach each student to draw so correctly and clearly that his or her drawings represent physical realities. Drawing skills are included in all possible exercises. The students also learn fundamental uses of e.g. methods of sketching, building models, drawing and collating illustrations. Each student trains in the various uses of other architectural means and works through different exercises in making drawings that can creatively and forcefully depict an architectural idea, and mediate it accurately and clearly. From other exercises students learn to build models in paper and wood, and to perceive how models can realize and communicate an idea in three dimensions.

Having successfully done some such exercises, a student then analyzes a known building before doing what is needed to complete an incomplete set of drawings of its plan, sections and façades, besides showing it as a whole in a scale model to others, to whom he or she explains its architectural ideas in a generally acceptable architectural language. Having done this, he or she first designs a small uncomplicated building that harmonizes with its surroundings spatially, in form and in its inherent ideas and then presents it in drawings and models to demonstrate his or her command of the studied techniques of drawing and modelling.

Teaching proceeds in lectures, projects, exercises, seminars, study trips, workshops and written work. The main emphasis is on teaching students to consider and present what they have learned in the form of drawings, models, sketches, images, texts and other relevant media. At the end of each term each student’s work is assembled in a portfolio that is used in a pedagogic discussion with him or her.

The course is given annually for first-year students, is an introduction to the following four basic architectural courses in the first two years. First-year students study so that they can acquire the basic knowledge they will need to follow the second-year courses. Students work in one of three studios (X, Y & Z) but follow a common schedule.

For most exercises, the university provides students with compendia that contain practical instructions about and the theoretical background to the subjects to be studied.