Undergraduate Course: Structure and Architecture: The Birth of the Design Team (ARHI10019)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course surveys the relationship between structural engineering and architecture from the beginning of the Modern period, up to the present day. Specific themes which are covered are the relationship between structural form and structural performance, the types of relationships which have existed between architects and engineers, the different philosophical approaches which are possible to the relationship between structural design and architectural design, the engineer as designer and constructor, and the public perception of engineering. Included in the course are critical appraisals of the Sydney Opera House (Utzon), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (Piano and Rogers), the Lloyd's Headquarters building, London (Rogers), the 'Gherkin', London (Foster), the Riverside Museum, Glasgow (Hadid), the CCTV Headquarters, Beijing (Koolhaas) and the Bloomberg Headquarters, London (Foster). The influence of structural design on the development of sustainable architecture is an integral part of the course.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art/Architectural History/Architecture courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Degree Exam 50% 2 hours
||Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A knowledge of the contribution (symbolic and literal) which structural technology has made to the development of Modern architectures.
- A knowledge of the prominent structural engineers of the twentieth century and of their principal works.
- A knowledge of the different philosophical approaches which are possible to the relationship between structural engineering and architecture.
- A knowledge of the methodology and vocabulary of scholarship and criticism as it may be applied to the field of architectural technology.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Angus MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
|Course secretary||Miss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773