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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
4th Year, sem 2, 2023-2024

SP4-42E | Architectural Design Studio / Project Theory (4.4)

Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 1L+12P | ECTS Credits: 6

FA-E SP4-42E Architectural Design Studio - Project Theory (4.4).pdf
Synthesis of Architectural Design
Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh. Magdalena Stănculescu
Teaching Staff:
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Learning outcomes:

- Practising of operating in already constructed sites and bridging new proposals with the rehabilitation of existing buildings, in terms of volume and function
- Realization of the connection to the proximal space and framing in the studied context
- Raising awareness of the students towards a rational perception of the existing urban system
- Practising the formative values of the INTEGRATED design system, between architecture, urban planning and technical sciences
- Developing the ability of identifying and mastering the complexity of the parameters that influence the design process
- The deepening of the sustainable development concept regarding the environmental and ecology issues
- The investigation of the possibilities to operate in sites with personality, in ancient sites, affected by interventions in time, or in deconstructed sites
- The study of the impact created by the appearance of a new function in an existing urban context.



A. guided project

Project with a theme developed by the department.
Theme: architectural insertion in a protected area

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: site analysis - information processing and interpretation; the personality of a site – examples, characteristics, specific areas, developing conditions, history - the students' proposals - discussing and justifying options; conditioning and specificity of protected areas; densification and enhancement in architecture; mutations - changes in personality.
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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