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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
5th Year, sem 2, 2023-2024

ST-84E | Design Studio - Sustainable Architecture

Optional Project | Hours/Week: 3P | ECTS Credits: 3


00-Regulations project ecologic arch 2023-en.pdf


02-Project Roadmap2023-EN.pdf

Delivery layout

2023 Arh eco GrupX


Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh. Daniel Armenciu
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

The subject aims to acquire the necessary knowledge about the application of design principles, by developing an architecture project related to the theme of sustainability. The proposed approach aims to develop competences regarding the design of an architectural object and related technological solutions based on environmentally compatible intervention principles.


The "Optional Project of Ecological Architecture" offers the opportunity to apply the notions acquired at the "Architectural Eco-Technology" course. Thus, the students will acquire basic sustainable design skills in order to guide them to the relevant conceptual and technological choices that are imperative for the architectural profession.
The framework theme proposes the design of a "social hub" in an aquatic, flooded context.

The project will be developed in different phases, following successively and mandatory the following issues:
- framing the design theme in the contemporary context, starting from the principles of sustainable interventions;
- documentation on major subjects of study;
- criteria and parameters of site analysis;
- establishing the principles and scenarios of intervention;
- establishing the concepts, especially those relating to sustainable design principles;
- graphic design of the project, according to the scales of representation related to the dimension of the intervention, including the technical details for execution;

Teaching Method:

Guided activities: thematic presentations, discussions, group debates, etc.


Final evaluation of the project, with oral defense in front of a jury. The final evaluation will take into account the ongoing study and the project development.


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- Armenciu, D. (2009*), Arhitectura bioclimatică - Definire, concepte, formă, în „Igloo Habitat & Arhitectură”, nr. 93 - septembrie 2009, Igloo Media, București;
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