Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Architecture Design Technology 3

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1074
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Max Dewdney


Pre and co requisites

Successfully passing all level 4 & 5 courses.


It is necessary for students of architecture to understand their future role within the context of a construction industry, and their individual place within a design team.

Students therefore need to develop an understanding and sensitivity towards the appropriate use of materials and construction techniques in a given cultural, social, and historic context. To develop technical knowledge and skill beyond functional aspects of building, by integrating technology and sustainability aspects in the design work and by establishing material properties and detailing as a primary tool through which conceptual factors are transferred into built form.

The course also aims at giving the students an understanding of the industries, regulations and procedures within which the profession operates. This includes planning regulations, building control regulations, health and safety, times scales and cost constraints.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Make informed choices of material, structure and construction methods within a given climactic, geological, sociological and cultural context.

2. Describe and evaluate technical and material boundary conditions and factors influencing design

3. Understand strategies of internal environmental controls.

4. Understand architectural profession and the position of the architect within a design and construction team

5. Display and convey, through detailed drawings and models, technical knowledge and environmental attitudes in keeping with an overall design concept and theoretical position.

6. Demonstrate adequate knowledge of the regulations, procedures, financial and programmatic procurement constraints involved in the production of buildings.

Indicative content

• Material choice, detailing and construction in relationship to architectural design (Learning Outcome(s) 1,2,5)

• Structures (Learning Outcome(s) 1,2,5)

• Building environmental performance (Learning Outcome(s) 3,5)

• Planning, Building and Health and Safety Regulations (Learning Outcome(s) 6)

• The Architectural Profession (Learning Outcome(s) 4)

• The Client and the Design Team (Learning Outcome(s) 4)

• Cost implications (Learning Outcome(s) 6)

Teaching and learning activity

The course is taught through lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Lectures will be given by experienced practice based professionals and supported with seminars and tutorials with the course co-ordinator and design tutors.

The delivery of the course will be through the Design Units with further support provided by experienced architects, structural and environmental engineers.

Students will, with the aid of the Design Tutors and Course Co-ordinators, choose a fragment of their design project to investigate. This will be formulated into an abstract that will form the part of their first submission. The final submission will be a comprehensive report that explains in detail the fragment the student chosen to investigate


Individual Submission No. 1 - 10% weighting, 40% pass mark. LO 1,2,3,4 & 6. Outline Details: This is a research statement that specifies the fragment the student will investigate. 300 words.
Formative Assessment: Continual feedback through workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Individual Submission No. 2 - 90% weighting, 40% pass mark. LO 1-6. Outline Details: Full report explaining the fragment in detail. 3,000 words.
Formative Assessment: Continual feedback through workshops, seminars and tutorials.