Subject: Architecture and Design of Hotels

Scientific Area:

Hotels and Restaurants


48 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - General Objectives: This UC will lay the foundational planning and design knowledge necessary to achieve a successful hospitality building. Specific Objectives: Give insights into the evolution of contemporary hotel architectural and interior designs.
2 - Theoretical analysis of hotel design trends through case study discussions of exemplar hotels.
3 - Give insights into the design psychology of interior spaces for hospitality.
4 - Spatial programming of a typical successful hotel including planning insights into front-of-house (public spaces, lobbies, dining areas, bar, outdoor areas, suites) and back-of-house spaces (food preparation, housekeeping, laundary, parking, and supplies).
5 - Planning and design process, tools and techniques for efficient layout of a hotel building.
6 - Anthropometry, human factors, equipment and furniture layout for hotel spaces (front-of-house and back-of-house areas).


1 - What is profession of hotel architecture and design/ examples of contemporary hotels / insights into architectural themes/ spatial character/ structural solution/ unique elements.
2 - Hotel design trend analysis- construction technology/ façade materials/ front-of-house areas / interior design themes / suite layouts.
3 - Design principles/ successful layout strategies of a hotel suite/ insight into human circulation patterns / spatial cognitive psychology.
4 - Best practices - Illumination/ materials/ furnishing/ furniture /circulation.
5 - Impact of furniture, fittings, and products in the spatial experience.
6 - Case study visits to Madeira exemplar hotels/ capture functioning insights into front & back-of-house areas.
7 - Architectural drawing/modeling tools and techniques.
8 - Normative measurements for furniture/ fittings / equipment/ electrical installations / human and mechanical circulation/ elementary planning and spatial layout standards.


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Neufert, E., Neufert, P. & Neufert, J. Ki. , 2012 , Architects' Data , Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Print
Lewis, P., Tsurumaki, M. , & Lewis, D. J. , 2016 , Manual of section , New York: Princeton Architectural Press. Print
Yoo, N. & Di Mari A. , 2012 , Operative Design: A Catalog of Spatial Verbs , N.p.: BIS Publishers. Print.
O´Shea, L., Grimley, C. & Love, M. , 2013 , The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book: Everything Interior Designers Need to Know Every Day , N.p.: Rockport. Print
Travis, S. , 2015 , Sketching for architecture interior design , London: Laurence King Publishing. Print.
Penner, R. H., Adams, L. , 2012 , Hotel Design Planning and Development: Second Edition , WW Norton
Avermaete, T. , 2013 , Hotel Lobbies and Lounges: The Architecture of Professional Hospitality , Massey, Anne (ED); Routledge

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
1. Teaching Strategy Teaching will be split into theory input, practical assignments, and fieldwork (case studies). The theoretical input will be slide presentations and AV content. Group discussions/ drawing demonstrations will deepen the theoretical knowledge base with a hands-on approach. Interactive teaching technique will encourage the students to make impromptu discussions and offer personal insights on the lesson subject matter. 2. Evaluation Evaluation Model 'C' is followed 3. Components: Continuous: Class participation, proactive contribution, attendance, and process demonstration. Discreet: Class assignments/demonstration of skill applying theoretical knowledge. 4. Component Weightages: Continous: Attendance + class participation = 20% (75% presence obligatory) Discreet: Practical assignments+ fieldwork (case studies) = 80% 5. Recurso/ Melhoria Exam Policy This component is 30% of the final grade calculation: A presentation / assignment / or combination of the two elements.

Subject Leader:

Shujoy Chakraborty