Course Overview:
This architecture course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the challenges posed by complex architectural projects. The course will delve into the principles, strategies, and methodologies employed in designing and managing large-scale, intricate, and multifaceted architectural undertakings. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication as students explore real-world case studies and engage in hands-on design exercises.


Module 1: Understanding Complexity in Architecture
Introduction to complex architectural projects: defining complexity and its various dimensions.
Case studies of iconic complex architectural projects and their design challenges.
Identifying the unique factors that contribute to complexity: site, program, cultural context, sustainability, etc.
Analyzing existing complex urban environments and their spatial relationships.


Module 2: Design Theories and Approaches for Complex Projects
Systems thinking and its application to architectural design.
Parametric and generative design: utilizing computational tools for complex projects.
Design for adaptability and resilience in dynamic contexts.
Integrating sustainable design principles into complex architectural solutions.


Module 3: Site Analysis and Contextual Design
Advanced site analysis techniques for complex sites.
Responding to the existing urban fabric and cultural context.
Balancing site constraints and opportunities in design solutions.
Zoning and land use considerations for complex projects.


Module 4: Multifunctional Spaces and Programming
Spatial programming for complex projects: accommodating diverse functions and user needs.
Integrating public, private, and semi-public spaces harmoniously.
Flexibility and modularity in design to accommodate changing requirements.
Designing for inclusivity and accessibility in complex architectural projects.


Module 5: Technological Integration and Innovation
Implementing advanced technologies in architecture: smart buildings, IoT, etc.
Building automation and management systems for complex projects.
Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design practices.
The role of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in managing complexity.


Module 6: Realizing Complex Designs
Constructability and construction techniques for complex architecture.
Material selection and its impact on design and construction.


Module 7: Presenting and Communicating Complex Designs
Effective communication strategies for complex architectural concepts.
Visualizations, renderings, and models for complex projects.
Storytelling through design: conveying the narrative of complex projects.