Introduction to Architecture
The architect is a spatial artist who is able to elevate assignments above the pragmatic limiting conditions to produce buildings that have significance in how they are experienced and seen. When an architect designs a building, he finds himself in a field of tension between specific limiting conditions and his own artistic interpretation of the commission. He is both an engineer and a conceptual thinker.
It is this combination that makes architectural design so exciting.
How buildings function is constantly changing as a result of social, cultural and technological developments, and the same is true of their organisation and appearance. It is precisely the extent to which the architect is capable of responding to this, and thus of implementing contemporary buildings, that determines the value of the architecture.
The master program in Architecture is a continuation and extension of the bachelor program. During the training you learn that architecture is more than just the design of buildings. You are introduced to architectural movements. The relation between the architectural design and the associated disciplines urbanism and landscape architecture plays an important role during the training.
Acquisition of elementary spatial, compositional skills; analysis of location and programme of requirements; interpretation of these prior conditions as an independent design premise that can be developed in a spatial design; learning to deal with technical and physical requirements, functional requirements and architectural fascinations, and on the basis of them to arrive at a design; materialisation of the design down to the level of detail.