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Conceptual Design 7.5 Credits

Konceptuell design
First cycle, F0012B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and F0007B Engineering Architecture or corresponding course.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

The course aims to give basic knowledge about the conceptual design at different scales. Conceptual design is understood as the conceptualization of a comprehensive and fundamental idea. Training of thinking, working and communication within design the early stages of building process where the time frame is often narrow and the way from the first idea to presentable material is short.

 Knowledge of:

·         Concept-based methodology

·         Conceptual ideas at various scales - neighborhood-blocks-buildings

·         Different types of presentation of conceptual ideas

·         Communication of conceptual ideas and sketches between the actors and stakeholders in the urban and building design process

 Understanding of:

·         Concept-based methodology and the benefits of quick drafts, its possibilities and limitations.

 Skill and ability to:

·         Draw up conceptual sketches, independently and in groups.

·         Apply and implement the concept of planning and building process, i.e., present an idea for a solution of a given problem and quickly implement idea through conceptual sketches.

·         Transfer conceptual ideas between different scales

·         Communicate conceptual ideas and sketches between actors and stakeholders in the urban design process



Conceptualization of the functioning and design of the built environment in a way that makes it possible to communicate design at different scales in the form of verbal formulated principles, function diagrams and sketches for further design work. The course deal with the theoretical and practical elements carried out via needs analysis, functional diagram, ideas of alternative forms, which leads to selection of an idea that is developed into a conceptual proposal, which is transferred between different scales.


Lectures with subsequent discussions, seminars and through several exercises.


Compulsory attendance and active participation at seminars. Oral and written presentation of project work.

Transition terms

Hans Walloschke

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Conceptual Structural Design – Bridging the gap between architects and engineers, Olga Popovic Larsen, Andy Tyas, Thomas Telford Publishing, London 2003
ISBN: 0 7277 3235 8

Arkitektur & bärverk, Dan Engström et al, Stockholm 2004
ISBN 91-540-5923-2

Svensk bostad 1850-2000, Ola Nylander, Lund 2013
ISBN 978-91-44-08918-8

Life Between Buildings - Using Public Space, Jan Gehl, Danmark 2011
ISBN 87-7407-360-5

Architectural conservation : principles and practice
Orbasli, Aylin
ISBN 9780632040254

Additional literature may apply.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Exercise2.3U G#
0002Seminars2.2U G#
0003Project work3.0U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural resources engineering 17 Aug 2011

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 10 Feb 2017