Credits: 10

Schedule: 15.04.2020 - 22.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

University Lecturer Antti Pirinen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • The student gets familiar with current research topics and approaches in spatial design.
  • She learns to apply systematic, research based methods in the spatial design process.
  • She learns team working and argumentation skills and critical design thinking.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The module introduces research-based approaches and methods for analysis and design of space. Emphasis is particularly on user-centred, collaborative and conceptual design as applied to residential and public space. Teaching comprises lectures and weekly reading and design assignments focusing on topical themes in spatial design studies and practice. Students complete a design project on a study case that combines space and services in the context of living, working, leisure or care. They map the current state and future trends in the topic area and research the user needs, identify a design problem to focus on, generate alternative solution concepts and produce a more detailed design of the most viable concept. Along the way, they learn about and rehearse the utilisation of research-based approaches and methods that are relevant to spatial designers.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Teaching comprises weekly theory lectures and case lectures, reading activities, common discussions and presentations, peer tutoring sessions and design assignments done individually and in groups. Students produce design documentation consisting of plans, diagrams, drawings, 3D images and text.

Passing the course requires 80% attendance and submission of all the assignments. Assesment is based on continuous evaluation of the weekly activities and assignments (60% of grade) and summative evaluation of the final design documentation and final presentation (40% of grade).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

270 h: contact teaching 70 h, independent and groupwork 200 h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Announced in the beginning of the course

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic knowledge of spatial design and practical spatial design skills including production of technical drawings and 3D presentation techniques. The course demands full time commitment.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi. 25 places filled in order or registration with priority to students in Master's Programme of Interior Architecture who have the course in their personal study plan.


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