Summer CoursesBritish Architecture

Course Overview

18th July – 4th August 2017

An ideal introduction to British architecture and design, this course is based around the creative processes of ‘thinking and making’ to enhance your understanding of architectural design.

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This three-week course, gives you an insight to the fundamental principles of British architectural design, mixing theory and practical work in the creative processes of ‘thinking and making’.

To develop your appreciation of British design and cultural identity, you will contrast ancient and modern architecture styles through a series of lectures, group projects and practical tasks.

The course also includes a series of study day trips to sites of architectural importance around the South of England, including StoneHenge and the City of London. You will be encouraged to use digital techniques in your work, along with drawing and illustrative methods as you work up ideas on building concepts, spatial awareness and form.

Using your drawings and digital software, you will also produce a 3D model from your design. During the final week you will work in groups on a practical urban planning and architecture project that test 
your ability to solve problems as well as your technical and aesthetic knowledge.

You will consider architectural concepts of space, form, function and technology through a mixture of theory, practical, and field work. You’ll engage in projects and workshops that encourage creative exploration and experimentation when considering architectural design, including large scale installations and architectural model making.

Course study trips will underpin your studio sessions with visits to significant buildings and public spaces including Stonehenge and the Serpentine Pavilion (London). During the final week you will work in groups on a practical urban planning and architecture project that tests your ability to solve problems as well as your technical and aesthetic knowledge.

Using your drawings and digital software, you will also produce a 3D model from your design.

The course includes:

  • Principles of architectural design
  • Spatial awareness
  • Urban planning
  • Course study trips including Stonehenge & London
  • Project: Ancient vs Modern
  • Research and sketchbook sessions
  • Responding to an architectural brief
  • Experimental design and large scale installations
  • Architectural materials, structures and construction
  • Digital Drawing
  • Laser Cutting and CAD software
  • Developing a 3D model

Course Aims

  • Develop your working knowledge and understanding of architectural design concepts, techniques and processes
  • Provide extended practical sessions to experiment with architectural processes in a Higher Education setting
  • Enable you to produce a varied folio of architectural drawings, designs and models work to demonstrate your skills and knowledge
  • Encourage your independent thinking and critical reflection when responding to a brief and investigating architectural design solutions
  • Raise your awareness of historical, contextual and theoretical issues that influence architectural design
  • Encourage an understanding of the relationship between theory, history and practice
  • Enhance your understanding of architectural design techniques; how to communicate visually and respond creatively to a brief
  • Improve your ability to communicate confidently and to use appropriate presentation skills

Course Materials & Resources

All course materials, equipment and course trips are included in the course fee.

Students will be taught in professional art and design studios and digital suites, with access to our library and online resources.

Course Outcomes & Assessment

Work produced during the course will be collated into a digital journal for students to add to their portfolio or for future development.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Summer Course Certificate detailing course contents and study hours.

 

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