Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 15. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. AFON05 overlaps following cours/es: AFO120. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Professor Christer Malmström,, Architecture. Prerequisites: At least three years approved full time education at university level (or a Bachelor degree) in architecture, or equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Approved assignment tasks, approved examination project and and at least 80% active attendance at workshops, seminars, visits and lectures. Compulsory attendance at reviews. The qualities of the project assignment and presentation are evaluated and dicussed by an examination team comprised of the course examiner, lecturers and external critics after which the examiner decides if the project is considered to fulfil the requirements for a pass. In the case of non-pass the student has the right to a new examination opportunity after any necessary amendment or re-formulation of the project. The examiner informs the student as to what is required in order to achieve a pass. Further information: The course can be cancelled if fewer than 10 students elect it. Integration of the course with a course in environmental psychology or in structural or architecural design is possible.

The course aims to train the student's ability to design at a project level involving greater difficulty and complexity of the design tasks, as well as of the underlying theory. Thus, the aim is to combine, through concrete design tasks (like for example architectural competitions), what has been learned at a more purely academic level with the commercial realities with which the student will be confronted after completing his or her studies.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

In the course the students design projects in clearly defined contexts like an architectural competition, or the like. This provides the opportunity of a clearly delimited architectural task in which, under the supervision of teachers likewise involved in the course, the student has the opportunity to carry out design experiments of advanced character with the aim of developing her/his knowledge of architectural design. During the course, questions of realisation, design process, communication and contemporary architecture are discussed.

The basic teaching approach adopted here involves a series of workshops, lectures and seminars (all relating to the specific tasks). The focus of the course will be on ideas and questions of contemporary international debate. A study tour with the aim of expanding the student’s knowledge on contemporary architecture and urbanism will be a part of the course.

The literature varies according to the themes and assignment of the course.