FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 330 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Case Studies in Building Structures
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 330
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 In this course, structural systems are explained in relation to materials. The course is designed to help students develop their building knowledge and detail design capabilities.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to understand the mechanism / logic behind different structural systems.
  • Will be able to analyze various structural systems and their function and materials,
  • Will be able to foresee proper structural system at the preliminary design phase for different geometries
  • Will be able to select appropriate construction materials and assembly methods for specified structural systems,
  • Will be able to comprehend adaptability, efficiency and limitations of various structural systems.
  • Will be able to examine the structural systems used in well-known buildings in the world.
Course Description The course includes seminars, lectures and analysis of case studies. The course will be structured around the theme of analysis of structural systems through understanding appropriate techniques, materials and their properties.

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Syllabus overview: Introduction, attendance and Structural systems within the historical context Defining the structural systems: Definition, task, materials and selection criteria. time keeping. Introduction. Handout and discussion
2 Wood frame construction: Heavy timber frame, wood light frame. Introduction to phenomenology and methods of wood framed construction and case studies.
3 Case studies of wood framed construction as used in world-wide known buildings of the world. Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases
4 Masonry wall construction: Brick masonry, stone and concrete masonry. Case studies of masonry construction. Introduction to phenomenology and methods of masonry wall construction and case studies. Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases.
5 Steel frame and light gauge steel frame construction. Introduction to phenomenology and methods of steel framed construction and case studies
6 Case studies of steel framed construction as used in world-wide known buildings of the world. Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases.
7 Concrete structures: Sitecast concrete framing systems, precast concrete framing systems. Introduction to phenomenology and methods of wood framed construction and case studies.
8 Case studies of concrete framed systems as used in world-wide known buildings of the world. Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases.
9 Tensile Structures: Joinery and fabrication techniques and material skills. Case studies of tensile systems as used in buildings. Introduction to phenomenology and methods of construction for tensile materials such as fabric and lines. Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases.
10 Shell structures: Form, space, fabrication techniques and material skills. Introduction to phenomenology and methods of construction for shell structures.
11 Case studies of shell structures as used in world-wide known buildings of the world. Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases.
12 Structural systems for tall buildings Introduction to phenomenology and methods of construction for tall buildings.
13 Case studies of world-wide known tall buildings of the world. Structural systems for tall buildings and case studies.
14 Completion of research Compiling of research notes and completion of any outstanding work.
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Submission: Submission of all work

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Academic Research
Suggested Readings/Materials
  • Allen and Iano, Fundamentals of Building Construction, Wiley, 2009
  • Hadrovic, Structural Systems in Architecture, BookSurge Publishing, 2009
  • Virginia McLeod, Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture, Laurence King Publishing, 2007
  • Wells, Skyscrapers Structure and Design, Laurence King Publishing, 2005

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
35
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
1
35
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
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
16
1
16
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
1
20
20
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
20
20
Seminar / Workshop
1
16
16
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
0
    Total
120

 

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.

3

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

 

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. 

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.

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.

X
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.

X
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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