ARCT08036 2019 Advanced Architecture Technologies 1

General Details

Full Title
Advanced Architecture Technologies 1
Transcript Title
Advanced Architecture Technolo
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
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)

The course will focus on advanced issues of design problem solving including the use of technology to support design development. It looks at both new and existing buildings and examines how detail relates to broader design concepts, and how to bring together all aspects of the design process and design collaboration. The module will cover ecological footprints, building fabric and materials, embodied energy, low-zero carbon buildings, and construction materials technology as a progressive approach to the goal of contextual green design and to aid the conservation of resources such as energy, materials and water and the reduction of waste. It evaluates technologies, components and materials for zero energy new build and cost effective retrofit to deliver innovative high performance building envelope solutions. The module will address issues of health, comfort and well-being, balanced by concerns for energy, water and other natural resource consumption.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate a systematic and comprehensive understanding of structural design, constructional and engineering problems at the forefront of the building design field


Evaluate current research relating to the creation of ecologically sustainable built environments that provide comfort and protection.


Determine the appropriate conservation principles required for technological, structural and materials options for a Design Studio project.


Demonstrate ability to select from complex and advanced technical skills and to develop new skills relating to emerging technical requirements to a high level.


Generate creative and innovative responses to complex design challenges meeting aesthetic, environmental, social and technical requirements.


Direct processes of design and realisation which resolve and synthesise diverse and potentially conflicting requirements.


Design and analyse advanced architectural structures in collaboration with engineering professionals.

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

Lecture 1: Sustainable and Intelligent Building.

Lecture 2: Building Performance: new and renewable energy.

Lecture 3: Materials and their influence on buildings.

Lecture 4: Biophilic design: Well-being and the Built Environment.

Lecture 5: Timber: Form / architectural design / engineering / technology / construction.

Lecture 6: Sustainable Building Assessment.

Field Trip Week.

Lecture 7: nZEB Principles / Strategies / Technologies - New Build.

Lecture 8: nZEB Principles / Strategies / Technologies - Renovation.

Lecture 9: Design Collaboration and Structural innovation.

Lectures 10-12: Integration Project.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Architectural Studio Technical Analysis & Integration Project Project 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Architectural Studio Technology Studio Integration 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Self Directed Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2010 Architecture in Detail II Routledge
ISBN 9780080965352 ISBN-13 0080965350

Presents 40 detailed studies of some of the most innovative buildings of recent years. Intricate 3-dimensional cut-away drawings explain in a clear and engaging way the construction of each building, illuminated by photographs, a brief description, and comprehensive notes. Focusing on issues such as low-carbon construction, prefabrication and craft, the projects have been chosen for their use of innovative construction techniques.

Required Reading
2014-07-01 Structure As Architecture
ISBN 0415644593 ISBN-13 9780415644594

Structure as Architecture presents a comprehensive analysis of the indispensable role of structure in architecture. An exploration, as well as a celebration, of structure, the book draws on a series of design studies and case study examples to illustrate how structure can be employed to realize a wide range of concepts in contemporary architecture. By examining design principles that relate to both architecture and structural engineering, Andrew Charleson provides new insights into the relationship between both the technical and aesthetic aspects of architecture. Now in its second edition, the text has been extensively revised and updated throughout. Features include: A brand new chapter on hidden structure, adding to the material on exposed structures Two new chapters on using structure to realise common architectural concepts through a combination of precedents and creative design Over 50 new case studies from across the globe Easy-to-understand diagrams and a highly illustrated to aid understanding and accessibility More than two hundred case studies of contemporary buildings from countries such as the UK, the US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Australia and Japan illustrate how a thorough integration of structure adds layers of richness and enhances the realisation of architectural design concepts.

Required Reading
2018 Structure and Architecture
ISBN 1138629243 ISBN-13 9781138629240

This thoroughly updated edition of Angus J. Macdonald's insightful book Structure and Architecture offers an in depth analysis of structural design and its relationship with architecture. It draws on clear explanations of the connections between structural form, structural performance and architectural design to explore the interface between the technical and the visual in architecture. Additional chapters in this new edition cover the fields of structural theory, structural philosophy, the contributions of prominent engineers to the evolution of Modern architecture, and the concept and practice of sustainable design. Fully illustrated, this critical appraisal of structures is a core-curriculum text for students of architecture, structural engineering and architectural history, and is also a valuable resource for practitioners of these disciplines.

Required Reading
2017 Building Structures
ISBN 113811975X ISBN-13 9781138119758

This is a one-stop book for knowing everything important about building structures. Self-contained and with no prerequisites needed, it is suitable for both general readers and building professionals. Follow the history of structural understanding; grasp the concepts of structural behaviour via step-by-step explanations; apply these concepts to a simple building; see how these concepts apply to real buildings, from Durham Cathedral to the Bank of China; use these concepts to define the design process; see how these concepts inform design choices; understand how engineering and architecture have diverged, and what effect this had; learn to do simple but relevant numerical calculations for actual structures; understand when dynamics are important; follow the development of progressive collapse prevention; enter the world of modern structural theory; see how computers can be used for structural analysis; learn how to organise and design a successful project. With more than 500 pages and over 1100 user-friendly diagrams, this book is a must for anyone who would like to understand the fascinating world of structures.

Required Reading
2002 Why Buildings Fall Down W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 039331152X ISBN-13 9780393311525

Takes readers on a journey through the history of architectural and structural disasters, from the Parthenon to the Tower of Pisa to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Required Reading
2017-11-16 Environmental Science in Building Red Globe Press
ISBN 1137605448 ISBN-13 9781137605443

This popular textbook covers how the built environment and the management of energy relate to the quality of human living-conditions and the environmental performance of buildings. It is the key introductory text for understanding the principles and theories of the environmental science behind construction, and the only text on the market to provide the basic scientific principles of such a broad range of topics. The text covers a range of areas in the field, including climate change, energy management, and sustainability in construction, with an important focus on contemporary environmental topics such as carbon, lifetime performance and rating schemes. The author is known for his extremely clear, finely crafted text, and the book offers a wealth of excellent worked examples. This text is designed to be useful, at all levels, to students and practitioners of architecture, construction studies, building services, surveying, and environmental science.

Required Reading
2014 Materials for Architects and Builders Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN 0415704979 ISBN-13 9780415704977

Materials for Architects and Builders provides a clear and concise introduction to the broad range of materials used within the construction industry and covers the essential details of their manufacture, key physical properties, specification and uses. Understanding the basics of materials is a crucial part of undergraduate and diploma construction or architecture-related courses, and this established textbook helps the reader to do just that with the help of colour photographs and clear diagrams throughout. This new edition has been completely revised and updated to include the latest developments in materials research, new images, appropriate technologies and relevant legislation. The ecological effects of building construction and lifetime use remain an important focus, and this new edition includes a wide range of energy saving building components.

Required Reading
2013-10-14 Fundamentals of Building Construction John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118138915 ISBN-13 1118138910

Note from the publisher: Now in its sixth edition, this bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties; the latest on "pre-engineered" building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards. It also features an expanded series of case studies along with more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach.

Required Reading
2018-09-30 Modern Construction Handbook Birkhauser
ISBN 3035616914 ISBN-13 9783035616910

Owing to regular revision, the Modern Construction Handbook has become a classic in advanced building construction literature, not least because of its clear structure covering the chapters "Material", "Wall", "Roof", "Structure", "Environment", and "Applications". For the fifth edition, a large part of the 3D presentations has been redrawn, all six chapters have been revised and updated. New standards have been established for this handbook, which is a basic resource for many architectural study courses, by adding more component details, new examples with a focus on sustainability and energy consumption, and a major update on finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Required Reading
Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings Wiley-Blackwell

Required Reading
2012 Advanced Construction Technology Heinemann Educational Publishers
ISBN 0435046837 ISBN-13 9780435046835

The authors provide a comprehensive and practical presentation to many aspects of construction practice, as applied to buildings for industrial and commercial purposes. The book covers site works, plant and equipment, substructure, demolition and temporary work, and much more.

Required Reading
2014-04-11 Construction Technology 2: Industrial and Commercial Building Red Globe Press
ISBN 1137371692 ISBN-13 9781137371690

Designed in a structured, directed format to help develop understanding, rather than just providing a simple source of information, this popular undergraduate textbook offers comprehensive coverage of industrial and commercial building technology. It builds on material in the first volume in the series Construction Technology 1: House Construction but it is also valuable as a standalone text. The most student-friendly textbook in the area, it uses a wealth of features to reinforce understanding and test knowledge, including case studies and comparative studies. Case studies include photographs and commentary on specific aspects of the technology of framed buildings, while comparative studies allow the reader to make a critical evaluation, comparing and contrasting design details and solutions. This textbook is aimed at undergraduates in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying, and HNC/D students in the same areas. It is also ideal for associated Built Environment courses e.g. Land Management, Civil Engineering, where the basic technologies need to be understood.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see module handbook

Journal Resources

Architects Journal



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

Critique space

General and Archive storage.