Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Design consultancy 3 (EN)

Danish title
Arkitektprojektering 3 (EN)
Study programme
Architectural Technology and Construction Management
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor Programme
5. semester
Duration of the subject/module
1 semester
Programme elements
Start time
Håndværkergården, København N
Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 36, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Claudio Spaziani Testa
  • Purpose

    Design Consultancy introduces the students to the architectonic design of a mandatory spatial task, thereby enabling them to solve individual architectural tasks as a conceptual design in collaboration with architects.

    The elective encourages students throughout the course to develop a common understanding of the developed environment and the architectonic issues in the broadest sense. The students learn and apply a common terminology to describe and discuss spatial and architectonic conditions. The preparation of individual projects is central to the teaching and is supplemented with lectures, excursions and exercises.

    In addition to the project, the students are introduced to digital sketching and presentation tools. Design Consultancy furthermore contains an introduction to the history of architecture as well as architectural understanding.


    The student has acquired development-oriented knowledge of the following:
    - Sustainability
    The ability to understand the following practice, theory and method:
    - Integrate sustainable solutions into an architectural project.
    The ability to reflect on the following:
    - Architectural history, styles in relation to the semester assignment.
    - Urban context and the building's link to its surroundings.


    The student has acquired the skills to apply the following methods and tools:
    - Programmed process of architectonic sub-themes related to the development of a conceptual design (spaces, light, movement, structure, materials, colours etc.)
    The skills to master the following:
    - Preparation of a conceptual design with the theme: transformation/renovation of old buildings.
    - Sketching, visualisation and presentation using digital tools.
    - Sketching tools (model and communicative sketches) for clarification of complex, spatial conditions.
    The student must, in relation to the overall semester theme, be able to assess the following types of problems:
    - Principles for new building parts in existing buildings.
    The ability to propose solutions within the following areas and justify them:
    - Planning based on a sustainability point of view.
    - Structural transformations of existing buildings.
    The ability to communicate the following issues:
    - Architectural description of the idea behind the conceptual design.
    - Visualisation of the project/methodology and issues using digital tools.


    The student must independently participate in:
    - A team's development of a renovation project.
    Assume responsibility within the following areas:
    - Functional analysis, structuring of plans.
    - Identify own learning needs and develop new knowledge, skills and competencies:
    - Seek solutions to architectonic problems through own literature studies and own measuring and surveys.

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    The teaching is based on the understanding that learning is most efficient if students are given the opportunity to work with real-life assignments from, or inspired by, companies in relevant industries.
    When choosing a project, the possibility of incorporating the academic and professional challenges throughout the semester into the project must be taken into account.
    The students are given the opportunity to be involved in the various project phases, from preliminary analysis to realisation of the project. In connection with the project work, the students are faced with real-life problems to be solved based on the given theory, and are to organise the work in such a way that deadlines can be met. The students are furthermore provided with the necessary qualifications to work independently, thereby preparing them to complete the final project as an individual assignment.
    This working method allows the students to gain an understanding of how problems are identified and analysed, how solution models are set up, and how the right solution is adopted.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Written group project with oral presentation
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Design consultancy 3 (EN) you will receive 82 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 109 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 30% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, project work, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: group work, project work, study group.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances