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ARC1014 : Architectural Technology 1.2: Principles of Constructing Architecture

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neveen Hamza
  • Other Staff: Mr Daniel Mallo, Mr John Kinsley
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module introduces the fundamental principles, properties and required performances of buildings, including:

• The principles of environmental design, and the fundamental principles of structural design.

• The principle factors in designing buildings globally to respond to various local site and climate specifics.

• Architectural design solutions for utilization of sustainable natural and local resources.

• The principle factors affecting the structural design of buildings, including; loads and forces, the utilization of common building materials and elements, and the behaviour and criteria for the selection and application of structural systems in buildings.

• The module builds on the foundations established in Semester 1 and seeks to directly complement the ongoing Stage 1 studio projects.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered by the direct learning activities include:

Environmental Design
• Sustainable environment and sustainable resource use.
• Heat, comfort, and climate.
• Climate specific envelope designs.
• Acoustics and noise control.
• Site planning, passive design strategies, and energy generation.

Structural Systems
• Space, structure, and skin.
• Loads and forces.
• Structural elements.
• Structural systems.

Construction Tectonics and Process
• Comparison of alternative construction techniques.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00In person pre-assignment talk and preparatory discussions of assignment and building case study list
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00In person teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Production of case study assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:150:15Feed forward post-assignment session with module leader on assignment and ways to improve next assignment.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery10:150:15In person Q&A session with workshop staff - questions prepared and sent a week in advance to workshop staff
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:3029:30Research on case study precedent
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARC1001Architectural Design 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is primarily by means of 'in person' lectures which establish a framework for learning.

Students are encouraged to undertake guided independent research based on material introduced in lectures which will inform the case study assessment.

Students’ learning is supported by synchronous activities comprising lecture activities, tutorials, and workshops delivered in ‘office hours’ format and via prompt responses to student email queries.

Tutors’ responses to student email queries are anonymized and sent as compiled emails to the module’s cohort via Canvas.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100A critically evaluated and illustrated building case study report.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 100% coursework assessment using a case study allows a strong linkage between technology understanding informing the personally developed design work in the studio.

Reading Lists