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ACE110 - Public building  
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Syllabus adopted 2019-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
22,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering

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Teaching language: English
Application code: 05133
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 21

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Project 9,5 c Grading: TH   9,5 c    
0219 Project 13,0 c Grading: TH   13,0 c    

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.


The studio examines the role of architecture in the public realm through the design of a public building. It covers a comprehensive design project, including studies of programme, site, massing, structure, circulation, and interior. The studio handles a complex multifunctional programme with an impact on urban space as a design research problem. The outcome is a project that is informed by issues such as cultural identity, contextual relationships, as well as programmatic adjacencies and sequences (public and private, indoor and outdoor, etc.).

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding

Define the design of public building as a field of knowledge in architecture and urban design.
Discuss their own design work in relation to public building as a field of knowledge in architecture and urban design.
Describe contemporary challenges that affect the design of public buildings.
Discuss their own design work in relation to contemporary challenges that affect the design of public buildings.
Abilities and skills

Conduct and synthesize site and program analysis for the purposes of design.
Handle a complex urban site and program in a building design project.
Conduct design studies of a medium to large size building with respect to massing, structure, circulation and interior.
Handle advanced means of representation (drawings, models, diagrams, and/or alternative means of representation) in order to highlight specific aspects of the design with regards to the public nature of the project.
Design and present a design of a public building.

Ability of assessment and attitude
Critically discuss the role of public buildings in the city and in society, including cultural and ethical aspects.


The studio consists of an introductory lecture, text and/or precedent studies seminar(s), desk crits, pin-ups, a midterm review and a final review with invited guests. The lecture introduces the brief and the design problems that it contains, as well as gives an orientation into the design of public buildings as a field of knowledge. Guest lectures and/or study visits may further inform and contextualize the studio. The studio closes with a critical reflection on ethical and cultural aspects of public buildings in general and on the student¿s own work in particular.


Learning is structured around assignments and desk crit sessions. The assignments break down the design process into manageable studies of different aspects of the building design. Students work individually or in teams of 2-4 students.


To be announced in each brief / course description.

Examination including compulsory elements

Students are required to participate actively in a minimum of 80% of all scheduled activities. The project is presented in a final review according to requirements outlined in the brief / course description. Each project is further reviewed and graded after submission.

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