Studio 1D is a four-year master with a professional orientation (erhvervskandidatuddannelse), for which students are required to have a minimum of 25 hours of relevant occupational employment in parallel with their studies. Apart from the occupational requirement, admission to the programme requires that, at the commencement of the programme, students hold a bachelor’s degree from either Aarhus School of Architecture or The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. The language of instruction is Danish.
All over Denmark, you see fine buildings and built areas, each of which constitute a cultural environment with its own history. A cultural environment comprises a narrative whole that may, for instance, have emerged around a market town, a manor, an industry, a shipyard, a residential area, or a fishing village. Cultural environments embrace both classical heritage and everyday-life architecture, and they are an important part of our historical awareness and identity. Cultural environments are also what bind an area together.
Cultural environments are not just about conservation; they must be of value for people today. Their built structures contain site-specific, often powerful, narratives that hold the potential to strengthen local businesses and attract tourists and new residents. If their narrative power is activated and developed.
Studio 1D: Cultural Environments and Urban Transformation is a holistically oriented educational programme that combines a strategic approach with planning and architectural design. The programme is based on cultural environments, the values of architectural heritage, and inherent properties as a potential for transforming existing built environments. The education spans the scale from the landscape and urban context to the building level, where the cultural environment merges scale and past with the future. Through assignments involving analysis and strategic planning, programmes are developed which – through transformation, the production of proposals, and project work – add new layers to the whole, the urban context, and the individual building.
The programme is organised with an emphasis on project work and develops students’ academic and professional profiles, design skills, and ability to rethink location-specific narratives and characteristics through architectural transformation strategies that activate the values and potential of cultural environments in the areas of tourism, habitation, and culture.
The four-year master provides an interaction between teaching and practice that is intended to afford students a stronger foothold in the transition between studies and professional work.
The study projects must relate to best practice in the area and take the form of development plans or urban or building transformations that can be realised in chosen cultural environments. It is possible to incorporate specific projects from the students’ employment in the programme.
The programme relates to the following subject areas:
- Urban and landscape planning
- Methods of analysis and valuation
- Development plans
- Transformation strategies
- Transformation at building level