FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 320 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Advanced Structural Details in Architectural Design
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 320
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course serves as an introduction to advanced building materials and construction techniques, giving an insight on the contemporary architectural possibilities offered by modern engineering. A further objective is to promote practical thinking as a design compass.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to classify advanced building materials and techniques.
  • Will be able to combine architectural and engineering thinking.
  • Will be able to discuss recent technologies for building design.
  • Will be able to describe the usage of the different types of materials together.
  • Will be able to understand the geometric basis of advanced structural systems.
Course Description The course lectures present a typology of special structural systems, usually involving non-conventional construction techniques and advanced engineering. The selected systems are described through actual examples illustrating their basic components, practical constraints, required resources, and application potential. Each student is invited to research an assigned topic and present it in class and later as a poster. In addition, students will construct an object according to their access to materials and their creative imagination.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Platonic and Archimedean solids Wiki: Platonic solid
3 Geodesic domes Wiki: Geodesic dome
4 Tensegrity Wiki: Tensegrity
5 Work review
6 Tensile structures Wiki: Tensile structures
7 Pneumatic structures Wiki: Pneumatic structures
8 Composite facades + midterm 1 exam
9 Structural Insulated Panels Wiki: Structural insulated panel
10 Earth structures Wiki: Earth structure
11 Space frame structures Wiki: Space frame
12 Containers as building components Wiki: Intermodal container
13 Gabion structures Wiki: Gabion
14 Poster presentation + midterm 2 exam
15 Semester Review
16 Semester Review

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Weekly Powerpoint presentations.
Suggested Readings/Materials Web resources will be added during the semester via Blackboard. Student coursework will be based mainly on model making.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
2
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
2
40
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
30
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
6
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
0
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
2
9
18
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
2
20
40
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
2
2
4
Final Exam
0
    Total
110

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

X
2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

X
3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

X
4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

X
5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

X
6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

X
7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

X
8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

X
9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

X
12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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