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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
4th Year, sem 1, 2023-2024

SP4-1E | Architectural Design Studio / Theory of Architectural Design (4.1)

Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 1L+12P | ECTS Credits: 3

FA-E SP4-1E Architectural Design Studio - Theory of Architectural Design (4.1).pdf
Synthesis of Architectural Design
Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh. Magdalena Stănculescu
Teaching Staff:
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

- Site study –the location as a decisive factor for mix-use (functional and volumetric spatial configuration)
- Understanding the values of the architectural space in dialogue with the functional aspects and technical issues
- Exploring the relationship between public and private space in an existing urban context
- Getting students in touch with the problems of real locations, giving them the opportunity of free expression of theirselfs



A. guided project
Project with a theme developped by the design studio. The project theme is elaborated by each design studio being part of the semester theme.
The theme shares a degree of complexity specific to the fourth year of study. The detailed presentations of the suggested topics, including recent bibliography, are offered to students at the beginning of the academic year.

B. lectures on the theory of the project
As part of the design studio activity, tutors will deliver theoretical lectures with topics according to current architectural project: the public private interface, the interactive relationship browsing space from public to private, about the relationship between architectural theme, concept and urban regulations.
The lectures will be delivered both for the design studio group and for the students of the entire year of study.

Teaching Method:

Checking each student's project, comments on the project in which the entire group takes part, theoretical lectures, site visits, case analyses.


Project workbook, individual overview of the project, the design studio jury will give a grade.


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