Syllabus For The Subject Theory of Design


List of contents


Chapter-1 Influence on architectural design

General influence

Influence of nature

Essentials of the structure

Invisible structures

Visible structure

Form, surface , texture,tone and color


Chapter-2 Chromatic energy of architectural design

Psychological effects of color

Color as an expression element of design


Chapter-3 Principles of composition


Proportion and anthropometrics


Balance and gravitational curves


Unity and hierarchy



Chapter-4 Plan composition


Secondary principles


Chapter-5 Visual acuity and perception

Spatial perception

Visual or optical illusions

Monocular cues to depth


Chapter-6 Conceptualization techniques of design

Architectural concepts




Chapter-7  functional grouping and zoning

Horizontal disposition

Activity analysis and linkages


Part Two

(Spaces three-dimension)

Chapter-8 Space articulation

The concept of space

The process of space organization

Spatial qualities

Space to space relationships

Spatial organization

Space articulation

Kinesthetic qualities of space


Chapter-9 Geometry

Appearance of the structure

Forms and image

Circulation-movement through space



Signs, signals and symbols

Visual expression of function

Visual expression of material production


Chapter-10 Response to context

The building envelope

Energy and architectural design

Energy consumption in buildings

Building process

Environmental planning

Site selection

Elements of site control

Passive solar planning

Building design, configuration


Chapter-11 Enclosure

Qualities of architectural space

Openings, structure and enclosing planes

Degree of enclosure, light and views


Chapter-12 Systems

Environmental concepts and the interior

Mechanical and electrical systems

User requirement architectural system

Handicapped users

Structural and engineering concepts

Construction methods and structures as

Expression of architectural design



Chapter-13 Economic

The cost of the building structures

First costs

Maintenance related design

Architectural safety

Building materials as expression of design

Honesty of expression

Economy of materials in design

Visual expression of material

New materials

Biotechture and the nature of materials

Indigenous materials



Chapter-14 Human factors

Socio-cultural variables

Psychological considerations

Personal space

Psychological and social space


Perceptual quality of the designed environment

Human-architectural interfaces

Human needs

Value, aspiration and culture

How value influence the environment

How environment influence value

Folk beliefs in architecture and indigenous technology

Feng shui


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