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made as the design is developed, integrating knowledge of the environmental context, use of materials, structural forms and processes of assembly. It also documents the research carried out in the process of developing the design project. The individual projects are developed in conjunction with the unit masters by means of the support and tutorials with the Intermediate TS staff under the direction of Kenneth Fraser. Students are asked and helped to strike a balance between problem solving and discovery through experimentation. Seminars on specific relevant subjects are organised by the technical teaching staff and guest speakers as a means of further support for the third-year students.

DIPLOMA SCHOOL Fourth Year students undertake two courses in Term 2 from the selection on offer and may attend others according to their interests: LIGHT AND LIGHTING Francesco Anselmo

Light animates and reveals architecture. Architecture cannot fully exist without light, since without light there would be nothing to see. Yet, in architectural design, light is usually either expected from nature or developed as an add-on attachment very late in the design process. The course explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and light. As much as light can reveal architecture, architecture can animate light, making it bounce, scatter, refract, altering its spectrum and colour perception, absorbing it or reflecting it, modulating its path and strength in both space and time. It aims at developing a sensibility and intuition to the qualities of light, whilst giving the physical and computational tools to explore and validate design ideas. During the lectures, theoretical discussions, physical experiments and individual or team exercises will alternate. The course will start from the science of light and gradually move to the art and design domains, with a final outlook to the role of light as information and connectivity enabler.


Nowadays, many necessary systems are not sufficiently integrated in projects and technology is being applied independently. This course focuses on the integration of all building requirements with the objective of merging all disciplines into one antidisciplinary system: orientation, construction solutions, natural light, structures, water, MEP, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions, environment, thermal inertia and radiant system. PIECE BY PIECE Simon Beames

Built architecture is an organization of component elements, of pieces. In each architectural proposition there is the potential to expand the repertoire of componentry by designing bespoke pieces that respond to the functional requirements, manufacturing processes and assembly conditions. The course will focus on learning about technical innovation by examining detailed case studies, chosen as exemplar pieces. We will research through group work, tracking down drawings and specifications of the pieces, and developing a critical analysis to explain the material selection, tools, context and functionality. The work will be centered on the construction of full-scale reverse-engineered prototypes. We will gain understanding of innovative materials, processes and applications and also the ability to scrutinize the technology of these building elements and develop the knowledge and skills to confidently apply this type of thinking to our own architecture. RESPONSIBLE & RESPONSIVE MATERIALS Giles Bruce

All materials specified by architects embody a complex system of resource extraction, transport, assembly, in-use operation, disassembly and disposal. This journey over the life cycle of a material from cradle to grave can come at a significant cost in terms of resources and energy. This course looks under the skin of materials, to see how architects can evaluate responsible materials and what these mean in

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