Architecture Degree Programme at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
1st Year, sem 1, 2023-2024

BP1-10E | Architectural Design Studio / Theory of Architectural Design (1.2)

Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 1L+12P | ECTS Credits: 4

Assignment 2, 2022-2023

An 1 e2 ro-en.pdf


Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh. Melania Dulămea
Teaching Staff:
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

[architectural representation]
• use, development and improvement of architectural representation tools;
• knowledge and use of architectural detail in plane, section and elevation for the representation of the material and its implementation;
• learning and using complex models (casting - plaster, modeling - clay, assembly - wood) as a way of volumetric representation of space and material. Understanding the capabilities, roles and functions of this tool to represent space.

[analytical and critical]
• understanding the notions of constructive system and structural system and their spatial implications;
• exploring and clarifying the main constructive-structural systems: casting (concrete), masonry (brick and stone) and “skeleton” framework (wood);
• understanding the relationships established between a constructive-structural system and the space defined by it.

[architectural space]
• training and development of the abilities to associate the constructive-structural systems and their specific characteristics and qualities to different architectural intentions;
• understanding and operating with the basic elements of space production and in their constructive and structural sense;
• understanding and operating with the different spatial configurations specific to the constructive-structural systems.

• practicing critical thinking and autonomy in decision making in the development of an architectural project.


Exercise 3 (I) / STRUCTURE SPACE. Space, construction, material, structure. Based on an initial choice regarding both the spatial type and the decision to explore the way of being specific to a certain material (stone, brick, concrete, wood) are practiced ways of spatial configuration (covering, closing, etc.) of a given perimeter. The emphasis is on understanding the connection between structure, material, space, light, order, spatial hierarchy.

Teaching Method:

Individual critique, collective critique, multimedia presentations, study sheets, project sketches.


Projects: on the basis of individual presentations of the projects (judging sessions and grading in the worksop / department).


Francis CHING, Architecture. Form, Space and Order, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007
Roger H. CLARK, Michael PAUSE, Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis, John Wiley & Sons, 2005
Andrea DEPLAZES, Constructing Architecture. Materials, Processes, Structures. A Handbook, Birkhauser, 2005
Pierre von MEISS, Elements of Architecture. From Form to Place + Tectonics, EPFL Press, 2013 /// De la forma la loc + Tectonica: O introducere în studiul arhitecturii, Editura Capitel Avangarde, 2015
Rafael MONEO, ”On Typology” în: Oppositions, 1978:13, MIT Press, pp.22-45
Steen Eiler RASMUSSEN, Experiencing Architecture, MIT Press, 1962
Bruno ZEVI, Cum să înțelegem arhitectura, Editura Tehnică, 1969