ARCT07026 2019 Technology Studio 3

General Details

Full Title
Technology Studio 3
Transcript Title
Technology Studio 3
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
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)

This module will focus on the integration of architectural technologies into the design process from an early stage for complex new build and heritage buildings. The module will be linked to Design Studio to explore topics such as site strategy, environmental issues, structural design systems, building fabric, building services, and technical guidance documents, and how they integrate and inform the design process. The module will develop the learners knowledge of traditional built fabrics, materials and techniques, the causes and mechanisms of failure, and will explore both traditional as well as advanced ways to repair, preserve and adapt heritage buildings. The module will also develop the learners knowledge of retrofitting for energy performance for historic structures, including the appropriate selection and integration of building services in historic and traditional buildings.


Learning Outcomes

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


Translate a range of problems associated with construction systems and construction methods applied to building design and Interpret the evidence retrieved from relevant technical research and appraisal methods.


Design and construct buildings that provide comfort in response to environmental context and climate, that provide safe, comfortable and functional internal environments, while taking technical and regulatory constraints into account.


Consider the technical conservation principles for design options in historic buildings and integrate appropriate technical responses in the detail design and specification of historic building fabric, elements and materials.


Demonstrate the technical skills of the architect at a professional level and selectivity in their use.


Demonstrate competence and advanced technical skills capability through describing the options for construction and detailing a specific architectural design project from the Design Studio module.


Integrate building services, Environmental strategy, Fire Safety and other relevant policy from technical guidance documents into a Studio Design Project

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

Further development of the practical technical skills of building technologies. The module will explore the integration of advanced and contemporary construction technologies and materials into technical drawings and documentation. 

The applied technical studio will be closely aligned to studio designed projects and will include technical analysis and detailing of studio based work. This will encompass site and environmental strategies, structural system and building envelope strategies, adoption and inclusion of technical guidance documentation in the detailed design of studio projects.

Lecture 1: Site Strategies & Environmental Design Integration:

Renewable Technologies on Site – Heat Pumps- Ground /Water/ Air Solar Thermal / PV Panels / Mirco Wind Turbine / Micro Hydro  / Combined Heat & Power (CHP) – Strategies / Requirement / Integration.

Lecture 2: Structural Systems:

Structures for Height / Multistorey- Systems / Long Span Roofs / Space Grids / Shell / Vault / Membrane –Structural Principles & Technical Detailing.

Lecture 3: Envelope Systems:

Structural Glazing / Ventilated Double Skin Façade / Shading Systems.

Lecture 4: Services Systems:

Integration of Mechanical & Electrical Servicing Systems into the Building: Plant Rooms / Plant / Distribution: Ducting & Cabling / Fire & Sound Protection / Integration into the Architectural Design.

Lecture 5: Conservation - Retro-fitting Existing Buildings 1:

Fabric – Pitched & Flat Roofs / Floors / Walls / Windows,  Doors, Rooflights  – Insulation / Moisture Penetration / Ventilation /Draught Proofing/ Glazing.

Lecture 6: Conservation - Retro-fitting Existing Buildings 2:

Materials – Stone / Render / Brick / Wood / Slates / Lead / Ceramics / Metalwork.

Field Trip Week.

Lecture 7: Conservation - Retro-fitting Existing Buildings 3:

Services – Passive Design / Heat Loss Patterns / Thermal Mass / Thermal Bridges / Ventilation /  Heating Systems / Electrical Systems / Renewable Energy Technologies

Lecture 8: Technical Analysis & Integrated Design:

Strategy and Solutions of Studio Project 1, Environmental Strategies.

Lecture 9: Technical Analysis & Integrated Design:

Strategy and Solutions of Studio Project 2, Devising Structural System and Building Envelope.

Lecture 10: Technical Analysis & Integrated Design:

Strategy and Solutions of Studio Project 3, Integrating Architectural Technologies

Lecture 11: Technical Analysis & Integrated Design:

Strategy and Solutions of Studio Project 4, Integrating Building Services

Lecture 12: Technical Analysis & Integrated Design:

Strategy and Solutions of Studio Project 5, The Internal Environment – Human Comfort – Materials, Acoustics, Light, Air Quality.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Studio (Technology Study) Project Project 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Environmental and Services Strategy in accordance with TGD (Integrated into Design Project) Project Project 25 % End of Semester 1,2,4,5,6
3 Historic Conservation & Upgrade/Repair Strategy Project Written Report 15 % End of Semester 1,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Architectural Studio Technology Studio 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Self Directed Learning 8 Weekly 8.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2003 Conservation of Historic Buildings Routledge
ISBN 9780750658638 ISBN-13 0750658630

The author comprehensively surveys the fundamental principles of conservation in their application to historic buildings, and provides the basic information needed for the solution of problems of architectural conservation in almost every climatic region of the world.

Required Reading
1992 The Art of the Stonemason Alan C Hood & Company
ISBN 0911469273 ISBN-13 9780911469271

Drawing on five generations of family tradition as stonemasons in his native Scotland, Ian Cramb created this masterful work to pass on his knowledge and experience to craftsmen who wish to learn the ancient, but still necessary, principles of the stonemason's art. Since original publication by Betterway Books in 1992, this book has established itself as an essential learning tool for masons doing new construction and also those engaged in restoration of historic stone structures. Beginning with a detailed discussion of building with "random rubble," which is the name for the early Celtic art of building with irregular stones bedded on mortar, the author proceeds to more complex projects such as fireplaces, stairs, arches, bridges and more. There is extensive treatment of various restoration techniques involved with historic structures both in the US and Britain, some as old as 1000 years. In additon the author covers various types of stone, stone-cutting, etc. as well as using tradional mortar mixes, which have demonstrated their utility in stone walls and buildings which have lasted for many centuries. The Art of the Stonemason is profusely illustrated with the author's meticulous line drawings and photographs. Ian Cramb began his apprenticeship at the age of 14 in Dunblane, Scotland. Surrounded by large estates, farm buildings, a ruined 13th century bishop's palace, two large fifteenth century castles, a Gothic cathedral, and numerous other stone buildings, Dunblane was an apprentice stonemason's paradise. In 1957 Mr. Cramb took over as master stonemason on the restoration of the monastic buildings around the abbey on Iona. He rebuilt the cloisters, restored St. Michael'sChapel, and also restored St. Oran's Chapel in the Cemetary of Kings, built in 1075. In 1959 Mr. Cramb moved to the US where he set stone and marble on the Capitol building, and then he acted as stone and marble mason for the Raeburn Building and World Bank Building in Washington, DC. He now lives in Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Recommended Reading
2010-03-08 Stone Buildings O'Brien Press
ISBN 1847172105 ISBN-13 9781847172105

How to build, conserve or renovate stone buildings in the authentic way.

Recommended Reading
2019-01-15 Concrete Getty Publications
ISBN 9781606065761 ISBN-13 1606065769

The first title in a new series aimed at sharing best practices in the conservation of modern heritage. This timely volume brings together fourteen case studies that address the challenges of conserving the twentieth centurys most ubiquitous building materialconcrete. Following a meeting of international heritage conservation professionals in 2013, the need for recent, thorough, and well-vetted case studies on conserving twentieth-century heritage became clear. Concrete: Case Studies in Conservation Practice answers that need and kicks off a new series, Conserving Modern Heritage, aimed at sharing best practices. The projects selected represent a range of building typologies, building uses, and project sizes, from the high-rise housing blocks of Le Corbusiers Unit dHabitation and public buildings such as the Londons National Theatre to small monuments such as the structures at Dudley Zoological Gardens and a sculpture by Donald Judd. The projects also represent a range of environmental and economic contexts. Some projects benefit from high levels of heritage protection and access to funding, while others have had to negotiate conservation with stringent cost limitations. All follow a rigorous conservation approach, beginning with a process of investigation and diagnosis to identify causes and target repairs and balancing these with conservation requirements to preserve significance. Written by architects, engineers, conservators, scholars, and other professionals in the field, these highly detailed and well-illustrated studies demonstrate sound practice, rigorous methodology, and technological innovation and represent the vibrancy of the field as it stands today. This book has something to offer anyone interested in the conservation of modern heritage.

Recommended Reading
2009 Conservation Basics Ashgate Publishing Company
ISBN 0754645517 ISBN-13 9780754645511

This book provides a summary of the historic evolution of pedagogical approaches to building conservation. It details the legislative frameworks and their impact on the historic environment, discusses the various actors involved along with their roles and responsibilities and examines how conservation policies are implemented.

Recommended Reading
1997-07-03 The Stone Skeleton Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521629632 ISBN-13 9780521629638

Cambridge's Jacques Heyman provides a thorough and intuitive understanding of masonry structures, such as arch bridges, Greek temples, and Gothic cathedrals. Although his approach is firmly scientific, Heyman does not use complex mathematics. Instead, he introduces the basis of masonry analysis, then considers individual structures, through lucid and informative text. 5 photos. 100 line diagrams. 3 tables.

Recommended Reading
2012 Practical Building Conservation Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN 0754645592 ISBN-13 9780754645597

Mortars, Renders and Plasters provides a broad perspective of contemporaryconservation theory and practice not otherwise found in one publication, describing the history,physical properties, and deterioration of these important materials. Methods of assessing condition and evaluating options for treatment and repair are discussed, together with a range of practical conservation techniques and maintenance strategies.

Required Reading
2008 Constructing Architecture Birkhauser Basel
ISBN 3764386312 ISBN-13 9783764386313

A revised and expanded edition of an internationally prize-winning volume is an academic study of the aesthetic properties of buildings that considers topics ranging from building materials and methods to space creation and leading architectural examples, in a volume that also adds new coverage of glass and other translucent materials.

Required Reading
2005 Structure as Architecture Routledge
ISBN 9780750665278 ISBN-13 0750665270

Structure As Architecture provides readers with an accessible insight into the relationship between structure and architecture, focusing on the design principles that relate to both fields. Over one hundred case studies of contemporary buildings from countries across the globe including the UK, the US, France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia are interspersed throughout the book. The author has visited and photographed each of these examples and analyzed them to show how structure plays a significant architectural role, as well as bearing loads. This is a highly illustrated sourcebook, providing a new insight into the role of structure, and discussing the point where the technical and the aesthetic meet to create the discipline of 'architecture'. * Presents a comprehensive analysis of how building structure contributes to architecture * Connects architectural design ideas and structure in the context of contemporary architecture, materials and structure * Highly illustrated, providing a sourcebook of architectural and engineering design ideas

Required Reading
Building Construction Handbook Routledge

Required Reading
2016-03-14 Architectural Detailing John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118881996 ISBN-13 1118881990

"Reviews recent built works and extract underlying principles that can be the basis for new patterns or for additional aspects of existing patterns"--

Required Reading
2012-05-07 Architectural Technology John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781405194792 ISBN-13 1405194790

Since the publication of the 1st edition in 2002, there have been significant developments in the number of courses, the profile of the discipline as well as significant changes in the construction sector. This 2nd edition addresses these challenges directly.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see book list

Journal Resources

see module handbook

Other Resources


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

Critique space

General and Archive storage.