Architectural Design

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In the Architectural Design course, students work on developing their basic skills in relation to a number of defined key architectural concepts. Students describe the actual relevance of these concepts in relation to personal interests within the design of the built environment. Students learn to manage project-related information and parties, and to translate programmatic questions to the design of a spatial object. Students learn to understand, comprehend, read and speak the language of the built environment.


1. Theoretical learning

Architectural Compositions
This module examines space and mass in terms of planning and composition, all of which in relation to a number of basic architectural concepts.

Strategic Architectural Design
The module Strategic Architectural Design centres on identifying and defining the creative design process and becoming aware of the design mindset. The design mindset or design drive, characterised by simultaneously analysing and resolving problems within the various domains of the built environment, enables the student to apply his or her skills in the broader context of issues that arise within the built environment.

The Architectural Detail
The creative design process within the field of architecture is a constant interplay between designing the whole and the part, between the concept (the idea) and the method and the material (the detail). An analysis of the precedents enhances understanding of the strong integration of technology and architecture, and goes towards enriching the students' frame of reference.

Graphic Architectural Expression
This component focuses on the communication about and in relation to the design process within and of the built environment. That communication relates to the analysis of the existing built environment, as well as to expressions in relation to one's own design.

Instructional modes: lectures, masterclass, workshop, coaching, field trip, independent learning, group learning.

2. Portfolio learning

This generic portfolio will focus on society as a whole. In addition, the Design Portfolio will contain the student's personal interpretation of, fascination with and reflections on the themes. The reporting and presentation of the Design Portfolio will result in a research question formulated by the student, relating to the built environment in general and architecture specifically. The research questions should be formulated in a project plan.

Instructional modes: lectures, masterclass, workshop, coaching, independent learning, group learning, MOOC.

3. Innovation Lab

The research question, as established in the student's approved project plan, will constitute the experiential learning assignment. The student will choose a guiding concept to work on an integral issue that features within a (preferably) multidisciplinary context.

Instructional modes: coaching, interaction, peer feedback, studio, external, multidisciplinary approach, independent approach.

Study Programme

This minor is part of the Hanze UAS Groningen (Dutch-taught) Built Environment bachelor's programme.

Minor type

Mandatory: students following the Built Environment programme and taking a major in Building Engineering (Bouwkunde) must choose at least one of the following minors: Architectural Design or Sustainable Building Transformation.

Will take place in

Semester 1 (winter semester)

Number of ECTS credits




Available to

• students following the Built Environment programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (minor enrolment via Osiris);
• Hanze UAS Groningen students with Design Skills and Research Skills included in their curriculum* (minor enrolment via Osiris);
• Students from our partner institutions abroad. You can apply once your university has officially nominated you. Please contact Ms J.M. Gerdes via The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 May, for the spring semester this is 15 October.
* This minor is also suitable for ambitious and motivated Hanze UAS students from other study programmes than Built Environment. These students, however, must have Design and Research Skills included in their study programme. Their knowledge on the foregoing subjects will be assessed prior to the minor.

Contact person

Ms V. Diderich (Vasilka)
T: (+31) 50 595 47 17

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