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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

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MPARC - ARCHITECTURE, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2007/2008


Chalmers leads research in applied architecture and has collaboration with a large net of stakeholders in the society nationally and internationally. The school of Architecture has a tradition of excellent teaching in architectural design with great effort on pedagogical development in the design-education and offers close contact with teachers. We also offer updated physical environments for the students.

This program provides a broad education for creative architects work in many different roles, relying on well founded experience and research. Lately the professional roles for architects has become wider and includes today also interesting work-opportunities in the sector of construction clients and real-estate companies. This programme offers practices in these sectors as well as more traditional roles of architectural designing, planning and research.

The aim The main aim is to provide a broad, architectural education as a preparation for occupation as an architect in many different roles. To educate architects who have good ability to design, to be creative and be able to work in the whole of Europe in all relevant parts of the construction- and real-estate-sector. The education relies on well founded experience and integrates research. Profile While the contents of Swedish - and many international - schools of Architecture are quite similar, there still are some specific profiles considering the points of departure, aims and methods. The school of architecture at Chalmers, including this programme, therefore is distinguished by

A humanistic view on the architecture Qualities of the daily life concerning housing, workspace, healthcare and urban life Study-projects based on real tasks and problems in society Contacts with users in the stagers of briefing and designing An open atmosphere between teachers and students, characterised with the absence of prestige Programme plan The structure of the Master-programme is a series of units of 5 Swedish credits, of which some are courses and some are design-projects. The students have possibilities to create an individual profile by combinations of courses and design-projects. The elective contents will increase in the last year of the programme.

Experiences of working with realistic design-projects in architectural design-education points out that these projects shall be larger than five Swedish credits. Therefor the design-projects, called Studio-courses, are ten Swedish credits.

Studio-courses Matter, space, structure; Studio-courses 1:A 15,0 credits, 2:A 15,0 credits, 3:A 7,5 credits and 4:A 15,0 credits. Focus on architecture "from within", as a field of knowledge with a relative autonomy. Architecture is matter formed into space, where all three factors - matter, form/structure and space - are indispensable. Materials and constructions as well as spaces and their relations are seen as the elements of architecture.

Space for Healthcare, Housing and Work; Studio-courses 1:B 15,0 credits, 2:B 15,0 credits, 3:B 7,5 credits and 4:B 15,0 credits. The main focus in this program will be applied projects of buildings for healthcare, housing and work-space within different historic, societal and cultural contexts in collaboration with real users. The work will span from analysis of the specific sites to projects of architectural solutions, both of new design and re-designing within the built environment.

Urban design and development; Studio-courses 1:C 15,0 credits, 2:C 15,0 credits, 3:C 7,5 credits and 4:C 15,0 credits. consider how spatial organisation and design influence and can be used for the development of quality and function of urban life, especially in public space. The students- studio work is carried through in close cooperation with actors in both actual urban regeneration and new development projects.

Compulsory Courses Sustainable development and the design professions The course is based on lectures, literature, seminars and excursions and ends up with a written personal reflection on the concept of Sustainable Development and its challenges to the professional roles and tasks.

Nordic architecture This course gives a presentation of contemporary architecture in the Nordic countries (mainly Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway). The historical background of Nordic architecture during the 20 C is presented. Similarities and differences between the countries are discussed as a basis for considering if there is a Nordic architecture, and if so what it's characteristics might be.

Architectural competitions Architectural competitions are a crucial form of development work within the discipline of architecture. The course mainly consists of an architectural competition, the Wernstedt competition or the Hans Eek competition. As a background the tradition and techniques of architectural competitions are discussed in lectures.

Reseach by design The course focuses the process of generating knowledge through design within the fields of architecture, urban design and urban development, and aims to strengthen the interaction between experiment, image, modeling and writing in explorative design work. Participants train to initiate explorative experiments, stage design research problems, compose research ideas, and to express insights and research questions using the scientific abstract. Design theories, design-based research methods and presentation techniques are introduced and in a conference where research ideas are presented and discussed.

Elective courses Process in planning and building The course will provide knowledge of the broad sector of building and urban planning; briefing, design, building and real-estate. Participants will get insight in the different stages of building, the actors and the necessary processes. Focus will be the many different possibilities for architects to make use of their architectural skills in other stages than the designing-phase.

Architectural conservation and transformation The purpose of the course is

to give knowledge about and understanding for the existing built environment - qualities as well as shortcomings for contemporary use to study, demonstrate and train methods for examining and describing buildings and environments and to discuss and apply different views on design for renewal and development.

About generic competences Most of the education for architects contains generic competences, such as ability to communicate, to have a holistic view, to work in a scientific way using analysis etc and to be able to cooperate. These competences are frequently trained in the design-projects, which often offers the possibility to communicate and present solutions, drawings and sketches to persons in organisations outside of the university. In the first three years of the architectural education students also have to write an academic essay. Competences to present their material both orally and in wringing and drawing are practiced in every design-project.

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