ARC3013 : Architectural Technology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to:
• Highlight the role that architectural technology can play in achieving efficient, appropriate and ‘sustainable’ buildings
• Introduce ideas of 'choice' in so far as they relate to architectural project design and specification, with a view to enabling students to understand the value of buildings, materials and constructions, with a particular emphasis on energy and waste reduction
• Enable students to understand building technology as being an integrated ‘strand’ of the iterative process of design from inception through to completion, rather than something which is ‘bolted-on’ or considered ‘at the end’
• Enable students to conceptualise structural forms and to develop an integrated approach to structural design within the wider design process
• Introduce the principles, techniques and technologies associated with the construction of
medium to large-scale buildings
• Encourage the integration of both ‘strategic’ and ‘detailed’ approaches to building technology

Outline Of Syllabus

The course focuses on two interrelated topics, namely

Sustainable Building Design, including:

- Construction Reduction, Reuse and Recycling - particularly in relation to resources, materials, components, assemblies and entire buildings. These are all considered in relation to the broader issue of ‘value’ (societal, personal, monetary and ethical)

- Sustainable building assessment methodologies - including the architect’s role, and an awareness that, in many cases, the demonstration of a certain standard of performance is not a neutral act

The construction of medium to large-scale buildings, including:

- Environmental Strategies, Substructure and Framed Structures, Floor, Roof & Facade design

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0023:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Technical Feasibility Study (related to semester 1 concept design)
Report2M60Detailed Technology Study (related to semester 2 design resolution)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is coursework based and takes the form of two electronically submitted technical reports, both relating to the on-going ARC3001 studio design module. Both parts of the assessment must be passed (with a mark of 40 or above) in order to pass the module.

Assignment 1 asks students to draw on Semester 1 lecture content and their own research to reflect on aspects of architectural technology already evident in ARC3001 design ‘primer’ work. Assignment 2 asks you to draw on Semester 2 lecture content and your own research to document and demonstrate how aspects of technology (including constructional, structural and environmental) are integrated into your on-going Semester 2 design project work. The integration of technology into your design work will be explicitly demonstrated and assessed within the ARC3013 module.

Whilst the outputs and marking between ARC3013 and ARC3001 are kept distinct and separate, you should note the close relationship with technology declaration in the ARC3001 module and, in particular, with the ARC3001 Integrated Technology Report that you are asked to produce.

Reading Lists