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Architecture Project 2:1, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Arkitekturprojekt 2:1

This syllabus is valid: 2017-08-28 and until further notice

Course code: 5AR210

Credit points: 15

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Architecture: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Two-grade scale

Responsible department: Umeå School of Architecture

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2017-08-04


The course aims to develop, advance and integrate the scientific and artistic competences the student achieves in architectural theory, architectural technology and architectural history through the semester. The student will learn how to develop architecture in relation with context and through practical assignments to understand architecture as relations. The student will be introduced to conceptual working methods and guided in the application of these in an architectural project work. The student will gain a wider understanding of spatial expressions and three-dimensional relations through exercises in digital communication among other methods. The course provides knowledge of how principles for sustainability are integrated in an architectural project.
The course is divided into three modules:

  1. Background and method, 1,5 credits
  2. Concept and context, 6,0 hp
  3. Intervention, 7,5 hp

Expected learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop architecture projects through design processes and conceptual work methods
  • Survey and analyse a context as well as to communicate it orally and visually
  • Work with drawings and physical models in different scales
  • Develop and reflect on principles for architectural composition
  • Document an architectural project and present it orally and visually
  • Integrate principals for climate shelter in the project work

Required Knowledge

To qualify for this course the following courses (or comparable courses) are required:
5AR131: Architecture Project 1:1 (15 credits), 5AR132: History of Architecture 1:1 (6 credits), 5AR133: Architectural Technology 1:1 (3 credits), 5AR134: Theory of Architecture 1:1 (6 credits), 5AR135: Architecture Project  1:2 (15 credits), 5AR136: Architectural Technology 1:2 (3 credits), 5AR137: Theory of Architecture 1:2 (6 credits), 5AR138: History of Architecture 1:2 (6 credits).

Form of instruction

The teaching consists of project work, individually and in groups. The forms of teaching can be practical exercises, individual tutoring, group discussions and critiques as well as lectures, seminars, field studies, workshops and field trips.

Examination modes

On this course, there will be oral and written examinations, individually and in groups. Different moments are assessed during the course through seminars, mandatory assignments and by documentation of the student’s own working process and results. Critiques with oral and visual presentation are held at the end of module 2 and module 3.
The grades Pass (G) and Fail (U) are used. To pass the course, all examinations and mandatory modules need to be completed and assigned a pass grade. To pass requires attendance at tutorials, seminars, field studies and a Pass grade on the oral, written and design assessments.

Students who fail an examination may retake that examination. A student who has failed two consecutive examinations has the right to get another examiner, unless specific reasons arise (HF Ch. 6 § 22). Requests for another examiner are submitted in written form to the head of department at Umeå School of Architecture.

Complementary Assignment
A student who does not meet the requirements to pass an examination can, if decided by the course responsible, be given a complementary assignment to reach the requirements to pass the examination. The complementary assignment should be individually modified to the specific requirements that the student has failed to reach. The complementary assignment should be finished within two weeks after the result of the first examination is announced.

Academic Credit Transfer
Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University. Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site (www.student.umu.se/english) and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.

Other regulations

This course may not be used towards a degree, in whole or in part, simultaneously with another course of similar content. If in doubt, consult the study counselor at Umeå School of Architecture.

Reexaminations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within two years after the first course registration.


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