Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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

Credits: 10

Schedule: 21.04.2021 - 28.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Antti Pirinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Antti Pirinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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). Assessment emphasises application of the studied methods and approaches into design.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    270 h: contact teaching 60 h, independent and groupwork 210 h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Announced in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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