The main goal of the course is to acquiring skills in evaluating the built environment and interpreting the relationships between people, buildings and environment in terms of human factors and ergonomics. Course is aimed to rise the students’ competences in evaluation of design solutions and realisation of scientific research, according to the methodology proposed by the lecturer and to use appropriate research criteria. The students’ research concern the evaluation of architectonic solutions from ergonomics perspective in selected buildings. The results are presented and discussed on the classes.

Syllabus description:                     


The tradition of contemporary spatial solutions of industry, the outline of trends in the development of spatial layouts of industry, the relationship between urbanization and the evolution of industrialization, modern groupings of production and science, shaping science and teaching objects, organization and management objects, spatial teams of higher schools, shaping the architecture of an industrial facility, examples.

Seminar: Discussion on the development of the modern facilities of jobs on the basis of presentations prepared by students.

Project  exercises: classes take place in groups of 10 - 15 people, topics are related to the development of a conceptual design of architectural solutions, construction concept, and a spatial development plan. In the semester there are two reviews, combined with a presentation of public discussion in the room. Classes traditionally begin with the enclosed exercise, the second exercise takes place during the review (review No. 2). In justified cases, the absence is justified: on one review and two absences on the exercises. Students have the opportunity to make up for absence and project backlog during consultations.

The following elements  / drawings are required to finish the project: architectural plans 1:200, 2 sections 1: 200, site plan 1: 500, 1: 1000, 3 realistic visualizations or  model (mockup) 1: 400, and photos of the model on boards.

The aim of the course is to deepen the knowledge about housing in general: its’ history, most influential ideas, modern challenges and possibilities of development. Housing issues will be discussed from the point of view of the history of architecture, urban and spatial planning, as well as housing policy.

Architecture as a science - methodological information and practical skills on how to: make research (planning and conducting); collect and analise data; write reports, scientific texts and thesis (Master Thesis included!). The role of scientific research in Architecture; the field and methods of research. Difference between pure science and applied research and the consequences for design proces.

Lectures 8 weeks  (7x2h + 1x1h = 15h):

Course objectives: The student is expected to acquire knowledge of the use of the latest methods, techniques and tools for analyzing the performance of buildings, including advanced computer-aided architectural design tools.

As a result of completing the course the student acquires the following information: definitions, terminology, general, basic area of problems related to the question of "methods of analyzing the efficiency of functioning of buildings"; Basic questions about how to use the latest, high-tech tools for analyzing the effectiveness of the project solutions in question.

In addition, the student is expected to acquire skills in the use of building performance analysis techniques as well as innovative architectural design methods used in the design of passive and zero energy buildings.

Project (2 groups - 1st week 3h, 2nd week 2h = 5h):

Guidelines and goal: 

Using the prepared and shared algorithms of parametric design, perform experiments in order to search for optimized solutions.

The input materials will be presented by the person responsible for the implementation of the project activities.

The auxiliary materials include parametric design textbooks and algorithms prepared for use with the Grasshoper and Galapagos software.

Introduction to the spatial planning systems in European countries, with paying a special attention to the contemporary challenges of the spatial development in European cities.

Introduction to the information of the basic elements of the city , its spatial structure, factors and processes taking place within the city; elements of the spatial planning system and its objectives; methods and goals of the strategic planning; spatial planning instruments and particular documents in polish system. Basic skills: strategic planning, normative planning; skills for building the structural model of the city