Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Architecture and Arts :: Architecture ( Integrated Master)

Versao Portuguesa


2º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor Sérgio Amorim
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Sérgio Amorim

Class type and School hours

Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

Understand physical and psychosomatic factors affecting the user well being through the adequacy of spaces to functions of use and the adaptability of the human being.

Specific Aims/Objectives

Understand the concept of anthropometric dimension in ergonomics.
Apply the anthropometric dimensions properly, as complementary information during the architectural process, to qualify the urban and architectural spaces.
Develop a critical awareness of phenomenological expression of created forms.

Skills to be acquired

Dominate the knowledge to enhance and optimize the relation of Man with spaces, taking into account the movement of the human body as an expression of the circulation (circulatory system) and the performance of specific activities (program).
Integrate into the design process: 1. the human factor and ergonomics; 2. the anthropometric dimension; 3. the sensorial and cognitive dimension of public and private, interior and exterior spaces production.

Teaching Procedures

Learn and consolidate skills based in theoretical contents articulated with practical exercises.


Considering of diversity for universal equality of opportunity of the citizen - in the appropriation and use of both urban and architectural spaces -, the following programmatic contents are addressed:

1. the human and ergonomic factor;
2. the anthropometric study;
3. the universality of spaces, through accessibility and mobility for inclusive practices of disabled users;
4. the interpretation and perception of spaces formality and use taking into account the anthropometric dimensioning;
5. the sensorial and cognitive dimensions in spaces conception: the phenomenology of architecture;
6. the development of syntheses ability, relating theories and concepts with practical exercises, attesting knowledge consolidation.

Evaluation Type

Continuous evaluation will be supported by the following elements:

1. attendance;
2. punctuality;
3. participation;
4. two written tests;
5. two practical works.

Teaching Resources

The following resources will be used:

1. diverse bibliography with pertinent information (texts, anthropometric tables, rigorous drawings, photographs, etc.);
2. digital (jpeg, pdf, ppt) synthesized information presentation (texts, anthropometric tables, rigorous drawings, photographs, etc.).



Main Bibliography

Author PANERO, Julius, ZELNIK, Martin
Title Dimensionamento humano para espaços interiores.
Edition 1.ª edição
Place Barcelona
Editor Gustavo Gili
Year 2002
Author AA.VV.
Title Guia Acessibilidade e Mobilidade para Todos. Apon
Year 2007
Author HOLL, Steven, PALLASMAA, Juhani, PÉREZ-GÓMEZ, Albe
Title Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architec
Edition 2ª edição
Place São Francisco
Editor William Stout Publishers
Year 2006

Complementary Bibliography

Author IIDA, Itiro
Title Ergonomia - Projecto e Produção
Edition 3ª edição
Place São Paulo
Editor Edgard Blucher
Year 2005
Author COSME, Alfonso Muñoz
Title El proyecto de arquitectura
Edition 1ª edição
Editor Reverté
Year 2008