ARC3013 : Architectural Technology 3: Integrated Construction

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


The main aims throughout the lecture series are to:
*Introduce the principles, techniques and technologies associated with the construction of
*medium to large-scale buildings and to encourage each student to develop a personal response;
*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;
*Encourage the integration of both ‘strategic’ and ‘detailed’ approaches to building technology and to further examine the extent to which ‘detail’ and ‘structural’ design can convey and complement a wider architectural intent;
*To build on the role of low or zero carbon design and net zero energy building design on future building construction practices as it relates to medium to large-scale buildings.

The module builds on the foundations established in Stage 2 and seeks to directly complement the on-going Stage 3 Studio projects

Outline Of Syllabus

The course is delivered in two parts, namely Part 1 focuses on principles and Part 2 investigates building design case studies.

Part 1: focuses on a number of 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 technologies;
*Net zero energy building concepts and energy strategies;
*Space for services including building innovation case studies;
*Technical representation

Part 2: introduces a number of advanced building case studies focusing on the various interrelated issues that govern the design of buildings and their technical resolution. This element of learning is designed to further emphasise the importance of junctions and the process of assembly, not just in a constructional sense, but with a focus on tectonic intent; Case studies are delivered in a conference format in Semester 2.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0023:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARC3001Architectural Design 3.1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale of Teaching Methods and Relationship to Learning Outcomes

Teaching is primarily by means of lectures, although these are complemented by studio tutorials, workshops and feedback sessions. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake personal research associated with studio projects with which this module has an especially strong linkage

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

•Both components of the assessment must be passed in order to pass the module. If a student fails a component, they will be required to resubmit and achieve a passing mark at the second attempt in order to pass the module. If a failed component is subsequently passed, the mark for the whole module will be capped at 40%.

In the light of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes the 100% coursework assessment allows a strong linkage between technology understanding and the personally developed design work in the studio.

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