80 603 SPA: Studio for Potential Architecture


Passed foundation level

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

It is recommended that the student has experience in building design.

Course content

The main objective of Studio for Potential Architecture is to produce projects where the instrumental framework for development of architectural form is investigated and explored.

The brief will be a small museum for a fictitious art collection in an urban context.

At the beginning of the semester the student will be presented with a brief and a site for the project. Initial studies of the relation between exhibition space and exhibition object will establish the ground for the individual design project that is to be developed until it reaches completion in a relevant scale.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the studio the student will have acquired knowledge on design methodology, building design and tectonics.

The student will have improved his/her skills in conceptual design development and architectural representation.

Working and learning activities

Teaching will be in the form of studio tutoring, reviews, lectures and seminars.

SPA requires full time studies and the workload is expected to be substantial.

There will be a study trip to Spain.

Professor in charge

Beate Hølmebakk (Course responsible)


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Vurderingsmappe Individual Pass / Fail

The student need to submit work to all mandatory presentations and be present at 80% of the common studio activities to pass the course. A portfolio assessment of the whole coursework (presentations, final project and work effort) will be carried out in the end of the semester. A written explanation will be given to all students at the end of the semester.

The student will be assessed passed/not passed, assessment is done by an external critic and the teachers of the studio.