ARCT06007 2019 Technology Studio 1

General Details

Full Title
Technology Studio 1
Transcript Title
Technology Studio 1
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Mary Byrne
Programme Membership
SG_VARCH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARCH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARDE_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design

The module will introduce practical and technical skills for design and making. The module encompasses structured technology projects including technical drawings and comprehensive material studies to demonstrate the connection between design and technical drawings.

During the module the student will undertake a cumulative series of assignments to consider options for construction and detailing of the building fabric elements, integrating the architectural principles of construction and detailing into small-scale building types.

The material studies will focus on the dialogue between the user and the space, emphasising the relationship between material, function and spatial experience.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Define and represent by technical drawing the architectural technologies aligned to regulatory technical guidance employed in the delivery of small-scale building typologies.


Undertake technical drafting and assembly exercises identifying materials used for small scale construction.


Analyse simple forms of construction by using basic forms of representation Investigate the basic principles of structural analysis.


Demonstrate an awareness of concept of 'materiality' within construction.


Demonstrate the necessary graphic conventions for technical drawings and the representation of materials.  

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Technology is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials, workshops, projects, fieldwork and visits. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.


Module Assessment Strategies

Student's must pass the Design Studio Technical Study. this assessment is performance‑orientated and formative modes are used during the process of project work to endeavour to provide constructive feedback. The emphasis in assessment is on: responding contextually; technical design integration; three‑dimensional problem solving skills; communication skills; technical analysis, acceptance of responsibility for learning, and the use of a broad range of learning resources.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.​

Indicative Syllabus

An introduction to aspects and examples of building technologies, elements and components commonly used in small scale traditional construction examined through a series of structured technology projects including technical drawings, models and material studies.

The module will include an introduction to the application of the Building Regulations, and will develop the students technical skills in technical drawings and drawing conventions.

Lecture 1: Foundations: Types / Functions / Application of Building Regulations / Ground Conditions / Loading / Sizing / Strength / Detailing

Soils, frost heave, site investigation, trial pits, Strength and Stability, Strip, Wide strip, Narrow trench fill, short bored pile, raft, foundations and slopes, site drainage, hardcore, concrete, DPM/radon, DPC, trenches.

 Lecture 2: Ground & Upper Floors: Types / Functions / Application of Building Regulations / Ground Conditions / Loading / Sizing / Strength / Concrete & Suspended Timber Detailing / Moisture / Gas /Thermal & Sound Insulation / Thermal Bridging / Finishes

Strength stability and fire safety, concrete, floor surface, floor screed, finishing, movement joints, timber floors,  suspended timber floor, strutting, end support, lateral restraint, sound insulation, reinforced concrete.

Lecture 3: External Walls 1: Introduction & Masonry Construction: Types / Functions / Application of Building Regulations / Forms of Construction / Materials / Alternative Thermal insulation Methods / Masonry Construction Detailing

Prime function, strength and stability, Thermal resistance, resistance to weather and ground moisture, fire safety, brick, block and masonry walls, compressive strength, absorption, frost resistance, efflorescence, bonding bricks, concrete blocks, moisture movement, mortar, jointing and pointing, cavity walls, wall ties, openings

Lecture 4: External walls 2: Timber Framed Construction

Forms of Construction / Materials / External Cladding Options /Timber Framed Construction Detailing lintels, composite and non-composite lintels, arches, cavity wall insulation, thermal bridge, condensation, deep retro fit, internal finishing, stone masonry walls, parapet walls, timber frame.

Lecture 5: Openings in the External Wall 1: Masonry Construction: Windows & Doors / Types / Materials / Glass & Glazing / Sun & Shade / Structural Ope Formation - Concrete & Steel / Installation of Components Detailing

Closed cavity frame, Cavity & Threshold openings, Wind Jamb/Head, Sill, Lintels – Steel/Concrete, Cavity Trays, DPC, Insulation and Thermal Bridge. Windows, Sunlight, Shading.

Lecture 6: Openings in the External Wall 2: Timber Framed Construction: Structural Ope Formation - Wood / Installation of Components Detailing

Openings in Solid Walls, Timber Lintels, Composite and Non-composite lintels, Boot Lintels, Presses Steel lintels, Brick Lintels, Arches, Segmental arch, Centering, Insulation & Retrofit, Internal & External Insulation, Weathering, finishes and Fixings.

Field Trip Week.

Lecture 7: Roof Construction 1: Pitched Roofs: Types / Functions / Application of Building Regulations / Structure / Decking / Thermal Insulation – Cold & Warm Roofs / Condensation / Ventilation / Weatherproofing / Roof Windows /  Detailing

History & Type, Functional requirements, Pitched/Flat, Lean-to roof, Symmetrical & Asymmetrical roofs, Eaves, Dormer Windows, Verge, Valley, Hip, Roof: Construct, Structure and Detail, Slate/tile, Resistance to weather,  Durability & Fire, Vapour & Moisture control, Ventilation, Thermal performance.

Lecture 8: Roof Construction 2: Flat Roofs: Types / Application of Building Regulations / Structure / Decking / Thermal Insulation – Cold & Warm Roofs / Condensation / Waterproofing Systems / Surface Protection Systems / Drainage / Detailing

Truss roof, Metal Low Pitch roof, Standing Seam roof, Copper, Zinc, Flat roof, Water proof Membranes, Concrete Roof, Grass roof, Parapet, Capping and Surface water Drainage.

Lecture 9: Stair Construction: Function  / Types / Application of Building Regulations / Materials / Terminology / Construction / Guarding & Balustrades

Types, Joints, Risers & Treads, Cut or open string, Landings, Newel Post, Balustrade, Handrail, Winders, Spiral, Stone stairs, Concrete Stairs, Steel Stairs, Glass Stairs.

Lecture 10: Internal Wall Construction:

Structural, Non-Structural, Light Weight, Masonry, Timber Stud, Steel Stud, Cast in-situ. Internal Doors

Lecture 11: External & Internal Finishes:

Plaster/Render: Finishing & Jointing, Cladding, Tiling, Skirting, Architrave

Lecture 12: In Class Assessment


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Studio (Technical Study) Practical Individual Project 85 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5
2 3D Technical Scale Models: Structural & Construction Practical Project 10 % End of Semester 3,4
3 Materials Study Board Practical Project 5 % End of Semester 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Architectural Studio Technology Studio 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Self Directed Study 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-05-30 Building Openings Construction Manual Detail
ISBN 3955532984 ISBN-13 9783955532987

Building openings provide light, ventilation and climate control for rooms. At the same time, they are essential functional and design elements of facades. This manual offers solid facts on standards and safety features. It covers materials, construction types and specifics of structural connections, incl. solutions on how to deal with existing older windows and issues of ventilation, the use of solar energy and ecological sustainability.

Required Reading
1999-10-12 The Construction of Buildings - Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 0632052619 ISBN-13 9780632052615

Since publication of the first volume of The Construction of Buildings in 1958, the five-volume series has been used by both lecturers and students of architecture, building and surveying, and by those seeking guidance for self-built housing and works of alteration and addition. The series examines principles of building through the functional requirements common to building, with diagrams to illustrate the application of the requirements. Volume 1, which deals with foundations, walls, floors and roofs, has been updated to take into account changes in practice. A new presentation has been adopted for the latest edition, with text and illustrations integrated to provide a reader-friendly layout and to aid accessibility of information.

Required Reading
2017-09 Facade Construction Manual
ISBN 3955533697 ISBN-13 9783955533694
Required Reading
2018-01-19 Manual of Multistorey Timber Construction Detail
ISBN 3955533948 ISBN-13 9783955533946

Wood is suitable for use in multistorey building construction with barely any restrictions. This is new and requires creative rethinking of tried and tested practices in wood construction: classical categories can be replaced by mixed construction methods as necessary within a project, which yields completely new possibilities in designing wood structures. The Manual provides architects, engineers and wood specialists with the essential expertise on the new systematics and construction methodology, from the design to prefabrication to the implementation on site. It lays the grounds for mutual understanding among everyone involved in the project, to facilitate the necessary cooperation in the integral planning and construction process.

Required Reading
Building Construction Handbook Routledge

Required Reading
Introduction to Architectural Technology Laurence Link Publishing

Required Reading
20/08/2019 Building Technology: Building Construction Illustrated John Wiley & Sons

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see booklist

Journal Resources

Architects Journal

Detail Magazine



URL Resources
Other Resources

IHS Database (online)


Additional Information

Refer to Architecture Space and Resource provision Handbook.

Dedicated studio space for each student registered on the the academic year of the BArch programme.

Including but not limited to: 

Drawing Board, Layout space, wall space, drawing/model storage, materials storage.

Printing and scanning facilities (A0, A1, A2, A3).

Model Making benches, cutting surfaces, hand tools, lazer cutters, 3Dprinters

Technology/Materials Lab

Critic space

General and Archive storage.