Course Details

Theory and Practice of Architectural Design

Academic Year 2024/25

NGB058 course is part of 2 study plans

NPC-ARS / ARA Winter Semester 2nd year

NPC-ARS / ARP Winter Semester 2nd year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction



3 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 1 hours/week, elective


1. Perception of architecture 2. Order and chaos in architecture: geometry and geometrical psychology 3. Measure and balance: dimensions and proportions 4. Town layout and the structure 5. Space: elements defining space 6. Light and shadow: quantity and quality of light 7. Place: from space to place, limits between an interior and an exterior 8. Form and matter: truth and deception 9. Project: historical development; attributes of a well-managed project 10. Kenneth Frampton – Critical regionalism: architecture of Ticino: Botta; Snozzi; Galfetti; Vacchini; Carloni. 11. Architecture and art: architecture and creative art; architecture and music; architecture and expert critique. 12. Architectural practices. Theoretical texts and essays on a given subject (authors: H. Banks; D. Steiner; S. Holl). 13. Conclusion: discussion on the possibilities for application of the gained knowledge in real life situation


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1.-12. Analysis for own individual texts and essays on a given subject. 13. Final evaluation of the results of the work.