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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
1st Year, sem 2, 2022-2023

BP1-12E | Architectural Design Studio / Theory of Architectural Design (1.3)

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

Assignment 3, 2022-2023

An 1 e3 ro-en.pdf


Basics of Architectural Design
Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh. Melania Dulămea
Teaching Staff:

conf. dr. arh. Bogdan Fezi, șef lucr dr. arh. Alexandru Călin, conf. dr. arh. Andrei Șerbescu, conf. dr. arh. Robert Negru, șef lucr. dr. arh. Alexandra Afrăsinei, șef lucr. dr. arh. Dragoș Neamțu, conf. dr. arh. Ana-Maria Goilav, conf. dr. arh. Daniel Comșa, șef lucr dr. arh. Stefan Radocea, șef lucr dr. arh. Ana Maria Crișan, șef lucrari dr. arh. Adrian Moleavin, șef lucrări dr. arh. Daniela Calciu, șef lucr dr. arh. Cosmin Pavel, sef lucr dr. arh. Cristina Constantin

Learning outcomes:

[architectural representation]
• use, development and improvement of tools for detailed architectural representation, including complex models;
• knowledge and use of the perspective section for the representation of the constructive-structural system and of the space defined by it;
• discovering and using the coverage plan as a way of representing the constructive-structural and spatial system.

[analytical and critical]
• practicing the reverse path: from photography to intuition/sketching of what is underneath/inside;
• deepening the specific characteristics of the main constructive-structural systems as well as their spatial implications;
• formation and development of the capacity to synthesize the specific characteristics of a structural-spatial system and to operate with them;
• understanding the concepts of module and modular space and their spatial implications;
• understanding the notions of function and served space – servant space as well as their spatial implications.

[architectural space]
• deepening the abilities to associate the constructive-structural systems and their specific characteristics and qualities to various architectural intentions;
• exploring and clarifying different spatial configurations specific to modular systems;
• understanding the land as an integral part of the project and operating with the relationship between interior space – exterior space;
• understanding and operating the relationship between light and space.

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


Exercise 4 (I) / MODULAR SPACE. Module, coverage, light, function. The exercise starts from the intuition of a way of covering and a structure, starting from an aerial photograph of a building, whose exact identity does not matter. Then you will choose a detail or a series of details of a constructive system validated by these tests, with which you will work further on shaping a spatial-structural module: a coherent and autonomous spatial-structural unit which, by its quasi-identical multiplication, generates the whole. This module will be the core of your proposal. Subsequently you will propose a new, original structure, based on the interpretation of the studied coverage.

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).


Andrea DEPLAZES, Constructing Architecture. Materials, Processes, Structures. A Handbook, Birkhauser, 2005
Herman HERTZBERGER, Lessons for Students in Architecture, 010 Publishers, 2005
Louis KAHN, Essential Texts, W. W. Norton & Company, 2003
Peter ZUMTHOR, Thinking Architecture, Birkhauser, 2006