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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
1st Year, sem 2, 2023-2024

SFA-2E | Shape Study (2)

Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2L | ECTS Credits: 2

Study of Form and Ambience
Course Leader:
conf. Mihaela Șchiopu
Teaching Staff:
Ana Mohonea, Andreea Ivanciof, Andreea Neacsu, Claudiu Tudoran, Denisa Ilie, Nadina Parvu, Ionel Istoc, Matei Dumitrescu, Mihnea Mihailescu
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

During the second term our students will understand and try different art genres in order to be aware of their way of looking at things and thus structuring their understanding and providing them a very useful tool in the creative process. Therefore we intend to:
- experiment different materials and their infinite treasure of plastic and architectural combinations
- guiding students' awareness through the composition principles of both fine art and architecture so that they realize that these are not separate fields.
- practicing the joy of creating spaces without any functional limitation in order to develop imagination and creativity.


6. Morphology and topography (double task). The students have to make a selfportrait out of wire, sticks, plastic, carton, metal, etc. Then each student has to make an imaginary portrait of clay arranged in horizontal layers. The techniques to be used for the first task are at choice. For the second task the required technique is modelling clay.
7. Substractive and additive changes (double task). Using sketching the students have to practice different ways of changing a cube by substraction or/and addition while keeping its identity intact. The most interesting idea presented will be clay modeled. For the first task a half hammer cardboard or transparent plastic is to be used and clay for the second task.
8. Centralized, linear and radial structures. Inspired by a certain abstract painting each student has to imagine a radial organized structure not larger than 70/70cm. Then a third dimension will be added to the composition. For the second task the students have to draw an imaginary architecture based on their composition.
9. Network structures. Each student has to create a network volumetric structure not larger than 70/70cm. The structure will either be colored (acrylic colors) or be given some colored traits. Materials to be used: roosts or carved wood branches, pieces of balsa tree wood, etc.
10. Cluster structures. Taking as an inspiration source a certain architecture object each student has to imagine a cluster volumetric structure. The height and the technique of the structure are at each student's choice.

Teaching Method:

Theoretical explanations to all the students from the year, a week before the practical work, practical works realised in the studio, with guidance.


Arithmetic average achieved between the 5 works.


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