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Delivery Mode: Paced online, Group study -13 weeks - (Students are required to attend one 3 hour evening video teleconference session per week)
This course will be offered in January, May and September. You may contact the FST Student Success Centre at 1-855-362-2870 for confirmation of other offerings.
Architectural Design Studio 655: Comprehensive Design of Complex Buildings is intended for students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Architecture (GDA) at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University..
Area of Study: Applied Studies
Prerequisite: Undergraduate Degree in Architecture
Centre: RAIC Centre for Architecture
ADST 655: Comprehensive Design of Complex Buildings is the first studio in the sequence of studios that comprise an important part of the PBDA. You will develop a design for a building type that is a place of assembly, according to a coherent architectural idea and in response to a complex architectural program. This studio requires that the spaces be designed in a way that is appropriate to each activity, and organized in accordance with the relationships required by the functional program and the site. Special attention will be given to the human dimension of both public and private spaces and to the integration and resolution of all building systems.
This studio course has three projects, as noted above, and two formal presentations. The first project is a precedent analysis of successful institutional projects. The second project, in which you design a complex building for a place of assembly, forms the majority of the course.
Each week, you will be asked to share your work in progress with your academic expert and the other students in the studio. This weekly session is the equivalent of a desk critique (a session during which the architecture student sits down with their instructor to review their designs) given in a face-to-face studio.
These interactive meetings will be held in an online environment that includes video conferencing, audio conferencing, and social media, and will allow the academic expert to provide feedback in the form of sketches, beside or as a layer over your work. This is intended to be a productive working session much like you would experience in an architect’s office. You will receive a full set of instructions for connecting to the virtual studio.
After successfully completing this course, you should have developed:
Your work in this course will be evaluated based on three projects. You are required to scan and submit your projects to your academic expert via the Project links on the course home page. Each project is weighted as shown below. Note that your participation in discussions and your sharing of resources will contribute to your grade.
You must achieve a cumulative grade of 67% or greater to receive credit for ADST 655.
Although there is no textbook for this studio, the academic experts may assign readings as they deem appropriate during the course.
You must provide a digital camera for your own use, as well as a few other tools. The items you will need to provide are listed below:
You may use computers to design and complete your projects for this studio (except where noted), but remember that hand drawing and modeling skills remain essential to the development of an architect and we encourage you to use those skills wherever possible.
Course Home Page (online): The course home page houses all the online components of your course.
Course Information (online): The Course Information provides specific information about how to proceed through the course. Read the Course Information carefully before you begin reading the Study Guide.
Projects (online): The 3 projects are embedded on the course home page.
Forms: Forms you may need are available through the myAU portal.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, May 16, 2016.
Updated August 01, 2019 by Student & Academic Services