Learning Outcomes


Students will have knowledge and understanding of:

  1. fundamental working principles, design strategies and integration of the major building services (HV+AC, lighting and pluming) and their impact on the users’ thermal, visual, acoustic and health comfort and wellbeing as well as their impact on the environment                
  2. procurement, construction, servicing, managing and maintenance processes and how they impact on architectural design, economics and the environment                    
  3. impact of regulatory frameworks, the needs and aspirations of clients or users, the roles of those who collaborate in the making process, and the impact of the design upon the performance, health and welfare of users as well as the overall impact on the environment
  4. issues and relationships, including technologies and strategies, involved with the development of a sustainable design approach and outcome                                
  5. basics of business and time management theories and practice including principles of engineering economy in architectural practice                                                 


Students will be able to:

  • reflect upon the work of others, past and present, and relate their ideas to a design to form considered judgements about the spatial, aesthetic, technical, economic, and cultural qualities of a design   
  • to understand, analyse, and prepare a project brief exercising appropriate judgement relating to site analysis, scale, complexity, function, aesthetics and owners’ needs
  • use a range of visual, written and verbal techniques both traditional (e.g. physical model making) and ICT based (e.g. 3D virtual computer models), in order to communicate architectural designs and ideas effectively with a range of people
  • work effectively in teams by demonstrating an awareness of the varying roles within a group and the ability to choose the most appropriate role        

Aspects of competence                                                                                

Students will be able to:

Autonomy and responsibility

  1. investigate, conceptualise and develop the design in three dimensional forms and spaces                                                                                                                       
  2.  develop designs that demonstrate the integrative relationship of structure, building materials, services, constructional elements and their health, economic and environmental impacts 

Role in context                                                                                  

  1. Understand the ways that architectural and urban histories, theories, strategies, policies and regulations can affect and inform design processes, programs, proposals and the environment         
  2. develop projects that respond to a broad constituency of interests and to the social, cultural and ethical concerns of architecture                                                                  
  3. apply architectural theories, technical requirements, historical and cultural context, and sustainability in design studio projects in order to communicate architectural designs and ideas          
  4. be aware of the extent of the interaction of the profession with other industries, organisations, regulators, and society in general and how this reflects on the design process        


  1.  work in a critical and self-directed manner, developing the practices of reflection and lifelong learning 

analyse problems and use creative, critical, and reflective thinking, including future trends, to seek innovative and viable solutions

The British University in Dubai

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