About the programme

MA Spatial Design examines the relationship between architecture, design and man from three perspectives: a historical, an anthropological and a tectonic/material perspective.

History offers a particular insight into the relationship between architecture, design, the individual and society, and the historical perspective is important in a Danish context, where most tasks include reuse.

The anthropological perspective has a similar awareness-creating function, relating to aspects of use and power within spatial organisation.

The ability to work with tectonics (art of joining) and materials is crucial within architecture and design, and tectonics should be linked to an overall design strategy. The three perspectives will be introduced through workshops, seminars and in the teaching of our two studios. The ambition is to train reflective practitioners who are able to connect design skills in praxis with academic competencies. 

In order to insist on an interior as a starting point for the investigation, the projects will focus on certain areas where we have expertise among our staff: Transformation, Lighting Design, Spaces of Welfare, Tectonics of Interior Design, Exhibition and Experience Design and Urban Interiors. 

Structure

The program is organized over four semesters entitled 1. “Contexts”, 2. “Production and Practise”, 3. “Positioning” and 4. “Thesis”.

In the first semester we emphasize the importance of site specificity and cultural contexts in relation to interiors or small-scale architecture.

In the second semester we cope with design and fabrication of details which are important at this scale.

In the third semester we encourage our students to discuss their own position through both theory and design.

Finally, the students have to define their thesis project. Both first and second year students will have a main tutor. Common for all are lectures, seminars, studio briefs and workshops including a field trip at first semester.

Courses

In the studio teaching, the students typically investigate a site in groups and develop their design individually. In order to insist on an interior as a starting point for the investigation, the projects will focus on certain areas where we have expertise among our staff: Transformation, Architectural Lighting, Architecture with Interior as Catalyst, Tectonics of Interior Design, Exhibition and Experience Design and Urban Interiors. Supervision takes place on Mondays and on Thursday mornings.  

The seminars in the autumn semester consist of nine two-hour sessions on Tuesday mornings where the students meet their seminar teachers in order to discuss texts dealing with historical, anthropological and tectonic issues. Some of the seminars include small excursions. 

The workshops in the Autumn semester consist of the following for the first year students: A two weeks workshop together with other first year master students from Institute of Architecture and Design; a

three weeks workshop where first year students work in relation to a field trip; a non-mandatory one week workshop with an introduction to the wood workshop; a non-mandatory one week combined Rhino and drawing course. Second year students will participate in a workshop in relation to their Theoretical Writing Assignment.  In the Spring semester first year students participate in a three-weeks workshop with Superformlab at KADK. 

Additional lectures will be announced during the course.

Language

The programme is taught in English. 

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