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 The objectives of this course are: Understanding structural systems in relation to materials.\nTo understand the different structural systems and their mechanism/logic. \nTo understand the constraints and possibilities of designing with the range of structural systems available.\nTo get familiarized different structural systems used in world-wide known buildings of the world.\nEmphasis will on the understanding of basic structural concepts and graphical presentation of systems rather than their structural analysis.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Analyze various structural systems and their function and materials,
  • Select appropriate construction materials and assembly methods for specified structural systems,
  • Foresee proper structural system at the preliminary design phase for different geometries,
  • Comprehend adaptability, efficiency and limitations of various structural systems.
Course Description The course includes seminars, lectures and analysis of case studies. Practice will be emphasized throughout the course in order for the students to develop their capacity for construction and detail design. 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
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses
X

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 • Syllabus overview: Introduction, attendance and time keeping. Structural systems within the historical context Defining the structural systems: Definition, task, materials and selection criteria. • Introduction. Handout and discussion
2 • Structural systems within the historical context • Defining the structural systems: Definition, task, materials and selection criteria. • Handout and discussion
3 • Wood frame construction: Heavy timber frame, wood light frame. • Introduction to phenomenology and methods of wood framed construction and case studies.
4 • 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
5 • 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.
6 • Steel frame and light gauge steel frame construction. • Introduction to phenomenology and methods of steel framed construction and case studies
7 • 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.
8 • Concrete structures: Sitecast concrete framing systems, precast concrete framing systems. • Introduction to phenomenology and methods of wood framed construction and case studies.
9 • 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.
10 • 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.
11 • Shell structures: Form, space, fabrication techniques and material skills. • Introduction to phenomenology and methods of construction for shell structures.
12 • Case studies of shell structures as used in world-wide known buildings of the world. • Students’ examination of the structural systems within given cases.
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 Review of the Semester  
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
16
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
7
30
Oral Exam
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
32
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
8
2
Presentation / Jury
7
Project
1
16
Seminar / Workshop
7
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exams
    Total
96

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

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

 

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