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Design studio: man and adaptability

12 ECTS credits
320 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1016044ANR for all students in the 1st and 2nd semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

1st and 2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Engineering
Responsible organisation
Architectural Engineering
Educational Team:
Activities and contact hours
  • 42 contact hours Lecture
  • 72 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
  • 80 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course content
Through lectures and individual supervision the students are accustomed to basic terms such as form, space, structure, context, etc. There is interaction with the research topic ‘4D Design’, by which a sustainable design approach is promoted, with ‘adaptability’ as a key element. The following aspects are treated:

A) Architectural aspects

1. Structural and technical aspects (tectonics)

2. Form and space and their existential meaning

3. The functional and ergonomic dimensions

4. Context and building physics

B) Supporting skills

1. Drawing techniques

2. Perspective drawing

3. Graphical semiotics

4. Model building
Course material
  • Digital course material (Required): Aanvullende cursusnota’s en presentaties beschikbaar op
  • Handbook (Recommended): Existentie, ruimte en architectuur, C.N. Schulz
  • Handbook (Recommended): Architectural Grafics, F. Ching, E & FN SPON, (Van Nostrand Reinhold), 1996
  • Handbook (Recommended): Form, Space and Order, F. Ching, E & FN SPON, (Van Nostrand Reinhold), 1996
  • Handbook (Recommended): Architects Data, E. Neufert, BSP Prof. Books, 1994
Additional info
This course is supported by the course ‘Perspective drawing and presentation techniques’. E. Neufert, “Architects Data” - BSP Prof. Books, London, 1994.

F. Ching, “Form, Space and Order” - E & FN SPON, (Van Nostrand Reinhold),1996.

F. Ching, Architectural Grafics - E & FN SPON, (Van Nostrand Reinhold),1996.

C.N. Schulz, “Existentie, ruimte en architectuur

Additional course material and presentations are available on
Programme Objectives

General competencies

The Bachelor has a broad fundamental knowledge and understanding of the universal architectonic design principles related to form, space and order.

The Bachelor has a broad fundamental knowledge and understanding of the ecological and socio-cultural impact of construction and the criteria for designing sustainable architecture.

The Bachelor can analyse a problem statement within socio-cultural and ecological boundary conditions and can, based on that, develop a well-substantiated vision.

The Bachelor can develop a design project with societal added value through the integration of architectural vision, constructive logic, sound construction and imagination.

The Bachelor can reflect on the principles of sustainable development in the built environment and can translate them in a design.

The Bachelor can communicate through text, speech, graphics, visuals and scale models by making use of the appropriate vocabulary.

The Bachelor can reflect in a rational, abstract and critical way on the own work and that of others.

The Bachelor can work independently and in team.

The Bachelor has comprehended the ecological, social and cultural impact of the discipline and consciously strives for sustainable, ethical design decisions.

The Bachelor has an attitude that demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment to the discipline and the ambition to translate this into life-long learning.

The Bachelor has an inventive and problem-solving attitude.

The Bachelor has awareness of the ever more rapidly changing needs of users and society.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

  • Other Exam determines 80% of the final mark.
  • PRAC Practical Assignment determines 10% of the final mark.
  • Other determines 10% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

final assignment SEM1 with a relative weight of 24 which comprises 30% of the final mark.

final assignment SEM2 with a relative weight of 40 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

Within the PRAC Practical Assignment category, the following assignments need to be completed:

assignment drawing with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 10% of the final mark.

Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:

evolution with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 10% of the final mark.

Additional info with regard to grading
A design assigment with reduced complexity is analysed and interpreted by the students and an entry level design is expected which satisfies a basic set of given requirements. By doing so, the analytic ability and the ability to reflect in a critical manner is being evaluated. Through individual supervision sessions the student is challenged to develop his own vision and to stay critical of his own design. Graphical and verbal communication skills are explicitly evaluated by means of a clear portfolio and verbal defense. Through intermediate evaluations the evolution and process of the student is also evaluated. Specific attention is given to the integration of supporting courses (see description of end competences).

Receiving a score for the course 'Design studio: man and adaptability' implies participation in all assignments and jury's throughout the year. Failing to participate in one of these assignments results in the inability to obtain a score for this course.

Final score is calculated as follows:

Assignments Drawing 10%

Assignments first semester 30%

Assignments second semester 50%

Evolution 10%