Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment: Principles (ARCH08002)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course introduces you to critical structural, technological and environmental principles that underpin architectural design. It seeks to help you understand not only how buildings need to work functionally to keep their occupants safe and secure, but also how such considerations can produce deeper, more meaningful architecture. You will learn how buildings can be seen as interacting systems and that structural, material and environmental strategies are interlinked.
The course is delivered through three Concept Gateways:
A typical week has an orientation lecture, and two workshop sessions with tasks linked to the Gateways. Reading material further supports students progressing through the Gateways.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Fieldwork Hours 20,
External Visit Hours 3,
Online Activities 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Formative Assessment Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Learning outcomes are assessed by written reports and written examination.
All learning outcomes MUST be passed in order to pass the course.
||All students submit formative assessment, normally a draft report, mid-way through the semester; Workshop solutions are provided for each gateway; All students are offered online practice exam questions.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||1:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||1:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in the physical behaviour of structural systems and their application in architecture;
- Appreciate the integral nature of material assembly and environmental systems to the development of architectural designs;
- Demonstrate breadth of knowledge and understanding of the principles of architectural structures, material assembly, environmental systems, and sustainability in the built environment.
|Essential Reading |
Silver, P., McLean, W., & Evans, P. (2013) Structural Engineering for Architects: A Handbook Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Silver, P & McLean, W. (2013) Introduction to Architectural Technology Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Halliday, S. (2008) Sustainable Construction Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann
Alread, J. & Leslie, T. (2014) Design-Tech: Building Science for Architects Oxford: Architectural Press
Baden-Powell, C. (2011) The Architects Pocket Book Architectural Press
Ballard Bell, V and Rand, P. (2005) Materials for Architectural Design London: Laurence King
Bizley, G. (2007) Architecture In Detail Oxford: Architectural Press
Ching, F.D.K. (2014) Building Construction Illustrated John Wiley & Sons
Chudley, R. and Greeno, R. (2014) Building Construction Handbook Routledge
Deplazes, A. (2013) Constructing Architecture: Materials, Structures, Processes Basel: Birkhäuser
Edwards, B. (2005) Rough Guide To Sustainability London: RIBA Publishing
Hunt, T. (2003) Tony Hunt's Structures Notebook Butterworth: London
Macdonald, A. (2001) Structure and Architecture Oxford: Architectural Press
Macdonald, A. J. (1997) Structural Design For Architecture Oxford: Architectural Press
Roaf, Fuentes & Thomas (2012) Ecohouse: A Design Guide Oxford: Architectural Press
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||3 hour(s) per week for 11 week(s). This course will be taught in a block using a variety of methods from structured lectures, semi-structured sessions and self-directed learning using e-learning materials.
|Keywords||building technology,environmental design,building structures,materials
|Course organiser||Mrs Elaine Pieczonka
|Course secretary||Mrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802