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Undergraduate Course: Structure and Architecture: The Birth of the Design Team (ARHI10019)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005) OR Architectural History 1A: From Antiquity to Enlightenment (ARHI08001) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004) OR Architectural History: Introduction to World Architecture (ARCH08003) AND Architectural History: Revivalism to Modernism (ARCH08005) OR Architectural History 1A: Introduction to World Architecture (ARHI08009) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)) AND ( Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) OR Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should normally have passed at least 60 credits of Architectural History or History of Art/History courses at Level 8. If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History).
Additional Costs Computing Fee
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 50%
Degree Exam 50% 2 hours
Feedback Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:15
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:15
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Assess the contribution (symbolic and literal) which structural technology has made to the development of Modern architecture.
  2. Access and further develop a knowledge of the prominent structural engineers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and of their principal works.
  3. Discuss the different philosophical approaches which are possible to the relationship between structural engineering and architecture.
  4. Assess the role of structural technology in the creation of sustainable architecture.
  5. Understand the methodology and vocabulary of scholarship and criticism as it may be applied to the field of architectural technology.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Angus MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
Course secretaryMr Daniel Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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