ARCT08039 2019 Advanced Architecture Technologies 2

General Details

Full Title
Advanced Architecture Technologies 2
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. The module will cover ecological footprints, building fabric and materials, embodied energy, low-zero carbon buildings, and construction materials technology 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.


Demonstrate a knowledge of 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 skills and to develop new skills relating to emerging techniques 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.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Advanced Architecture Technologies module 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 01: Ecology, Environment & Health

Lecture 02: Resilient Buildings.

Lecture 03: Adaptive/Transformative Buildings.

Lecture 04: Intelligent Facades.

Lecture 05: Design for Deconstruction.

Lecture 06: Architecture as Structure.

Field Trip Week.

Lecture 07: Eco-Technical Architecture.

Lecture 08: Services Integration.  

Lecture 09-12: Integrated Project.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Architectural Studio Technology Studio 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
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
2016-09-28 Conceptual Structural Design ICE Publishing
ISBN 0727761102 ISBN-13 9780727761101

Conceptual Structural Design aims to bridge the gap between engineers and architects understanding of structural form and highlight the importance of close collaboration between all members of the design team throughout a project. This book is presented in two parts. The first part is theoretical and investigates sources of inspiration for developing structural form, learning from natural forms, applying our own intuition, seeking inspiration from precedents, applying understanding of structural principles, developing design through physical models, and using new design tools, construction methods and materials to develop new structural forms. The second part of the book is presented through a selection of case studies which include interviews with the design teams. Conceptual Structural Design: describes the immense development in design tools, construction methods and materials and how these have impacted upon the way designers think, perceive and design structures reflects on the development in knowledge, skills and opportunities which affect the design team and the importance of embracing sustainability agendas includes a selection of case studies which outline architects experiences from real projects and how they collaborated with engineers from the early stages of design. The second edition of Conceptual Structural Design is essential reading for architects and engineers, and for anyone interested in conceptual structural design."

Required Reading
2019 Sustainable Design for the Built Environment
ISBN 1138066184 ISBN-13 9781138066182

Sustainable Design for the Built Environment marks the transition of sustainable design from a specialty service to the mainstream approach for creating a healthy and resilient built environment. This groundbreaking and transformative approach introduces sustainable design in a clear, concise, easy-to-read format. This book takes the reader deep into the foundations of sustainable design, and creates a holistic and integrative approach addressing the social, cultural, ecological, and aesthetic aspects in addition to the typical performance-driven goals. The first section of the book is themed around the origins, principles, and frameworks of sustainable design aimed at inspiring a deeper, broader, and more inclusive view of sustainability. The second section examines strategies such as biophilia and biomimicry, adaptation and resilience, health and well-being. The third section examines the application of sustainability principles from the global, urban, district, building, and human scale, illustrating how a systems thinking approach allows sustainable design to span the context of time, space, and varied perspectives. This textbook is intended to inspire a new vision for the future that unites human activity with natural processes to form a regenerative, coevolutionary model for sustainable design. By allowing the reader an insightful look into the history, motivations, and values of sustainable design, they begin to see sustainable design, not only as a way to deliver green buildings, but as a comprehensive and transformative meta-framework that is so needed in every sector of society. Supported by extensive online resources including videos and PowerPoints for each chapter, this book will be essential reading for students of sustainability and sustainable design.

Required Reading
2008-02-05 Biophilic Design Wiley
ISBN 0470163348 ISBN-13 9780470163344

"When nature inspires our architecture-not just how it looks but how buildings and communities actually function-we will have made great strides as a society. Biophilic Design provides us with tremendous insight into the 'why,' then builds us a road map for what is sure to be the next great design journey of our times." -Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council "Having seen firsthand in my company the power of biomimicry to stimulate a wellspring of profitable innovation, I can say unequivocably that biophilic design is the real deal. Kellert, Heerwagen, and Mador have compiled the wisdom of world-renowned experts to produce this exquisite book; it is must reading for scientists, philosophers, engineers, architects and designers, and-most especially-businesspeople. Anyone looking for the key to a new type of prosperity that respects the earth should start here." -Ray C. Anderson, founder and Chair, Interface, Inc. The groundbreaking guide to the emerging practice of biophilic design This book offers a paradigm shift in how we design and build our buildings and our communities, one that recognizes that the positive experience of natural systems and processes in our buildings and constructed landscapes is critical to human health, performance, and well-being. Biophilic design is about humanity's place in nature and the natural world's place in human society, where mutuality, respect, and enriching relationships can and should exist at all levels and should emerge as the norm rather than the exception. Written for architects, landscape architects, planners,developers, environmental designers, as well as building owners, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life is a guide to the theory, science, and practice of biophilic design. Twenty-three original and timely essays by world-renowned scientists, designers, and practitioners, including Edward O. Wilson, Howard Frumkin, David Orr, Grant Hildebrand, Stephen Kieran, Tim Beatley, Jonathan Rose, Janine Benyus, Roger Ulrich, Bert Gregory, Robert Berkebile, William Browning, and Vivian Loftness, among others, address: * The basic concepts of biophilia, its expression in the built environment, and how biophilic design connects to human biology, evolution, and development. * The science and benefits of biophilic design on human health, childhood development, healthcare, and more. * The practice of biophilic design-how to implement biophilic design strategies to create buildings that connect people with nature and provide comfortable and productive places for people, in which they can live, work, and study. Biophilic design at any scale-from buildings to cities-begins with a few simple questions: How does the built environment affect the natural environment? How will nature affect human experience and aspiration? Most of all, how can we achieve sustained and reciprocal benefits between the two? This prescient, groundbreaking book provides the answers.

Required Reading
2014 Facades Birkhauser
ISBN 3038210447 ISBN-13 9783038210443

Demonstrates the principles of facade construction. Guidelines are suggested for good detailing. This book describes the installation procedures for the most common materials - glass, wood, steel, concrete, and aluminum.

Required Reading
2012 Facades Braun Publish,Csi
ISBN 3037681101 ISBN-13 9783037681107

Since faade design, construction and technology are assuming a greater significance in the building industry today, this volume provides an overview of the entire spectrum and shows in how the relationship of interior and exterior must be defined, designed and implemented.

Required Reading
2017-09 Facade Construction Manual
ISBN 3955533697 ISBN-13 9783955533694
Required Reading
2019-03-31 Modern Construction Envelopes Birkhauser
ISBN 3035617694 ISBN-13 9783035617696

Modern Construction Envelopes deals with the facade and roof as an integral part of the building, allowing a holistic approach to the design of the building envelope and providing greater design freedom. The book is aimed at readers who want to extend their knowledge of wall and roof construction beyond the information given in the Modern Construction Handbook, using state-of-the-art construction principles of modern facade and roof systems. The third edition of this classic has been fully brought up to date; it contains new examples in all chapters and presents the projects in revised, new 3D drawings and in 25 AR applications that can be accessed free of charge via smartphone and tablet.

Required Reading
2011-04-12 Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470502433 ISBN-13 0470502436

A structural glass facade is a glass wall in which the glass itself is part of the building structure. The fundamental technology of structural faade systems has undergone a transition over the past decade from an emergent, experimental building form to a mature, fully robust technology. The book documents, defines, and categorizes the current state of the art in long-span glass faade design and construction, with a focus on structural systems, glass cladding options and implementation strategies for innovative design. With illustrations and case studies, the book discusses designs and design practices; engineering issues; material, process and fabrication considerations, installation means and methods, and project delivery strategies. A must for architects, industrial designers, and interior designers.

Required Reading
2015-08-12 The Passivhaus Designer's Manual
ISBN 0415522692 ISBN-13 9780415522694

Passivhaus is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, with almost 50,000 buildings realised to date. Applicable to both domestic and non-domestic building types, the strength of Passivhaus lies in the simplicity of the concept. As European and global energy directives move ever closer towards Zero (fossil) Energy standards, Passivhaus provides a robust 'fabric first' approach from which to make the next step. The Passivhaus Designers Manualis the most comprehensive technical guide available to those wishing to design and build Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings. As a technical reference for architects, engineers and construction professionals The Passivhaus Designers Manualprovides: State of the art guidance for anyone designing or working on a Passivhaus project; In depth information on building services, including high performance ventilation systems and ultra-low energy heating and cooling systems; Holistic design guidance encompassing: daylight design, ecological materials, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and economics; Practical advice on procurement methods, project management and quality assurance; Renewable energy systems suitable for Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings; Practical case studies from the UK, USA, and Germany amongst others; Detailed worked examples to show you how it's done and what to look out for; Expert advice from 20 world renowned Passivhaus designers, architects, building physicists and engineers. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 full colour illustrations, and presented by two highly experienced specialists, this is your one-stop shop for comprehensive practical information on Passivhaus and Zero Energy buildings.

Required Reading
2013-11-30 Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials Woodhead Pub Limited
ISBN 0857097679 ISBN-13 9780857097675

Eco-efficient Construction and Building Materials reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials. Part one discusses the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to building materials as well as eco-labeling. Part two includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building. Part three includes case studies applying LCA methodology to particular structures and components. Reviews ways of assessing the environmental impact of construction and building materials Provides a thorough overview, including strengths and shortcomings, of the life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-labeling of eco-efficient construction and building materials Includes case studies showing the application of LCA methodology to different types of building material, from cement and concrete to wood and adhesives used in building

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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Journal Resources

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URL Resources

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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.