Construction Materials

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Construction Materials

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The first part of the semester will deal with the study of the materials involved in architecture. A weekly
    lecture will be complemented by in-class activities and assignments to make the student familiar with
    materials, their properties and way they are used in building.
    The second part of the semester will introduce the way materials are assembled and used in building, with
    emphasis on the basics of elementary building detail and construction process, including structural and
    envelope systems, with a final introduction to construction management. For that purpose, a weekly lecture
    will be combined with in-class activities and practical assignments in which students will apply the techniques
    they learnt in the classroom to detail several basic elements of building.
    Field architectural survey to real construction site will complement the classroom teaching.

    Pedagogic Objectives
    1- Understand the importance and meaning of materiality in architectural design.
    2- Basic knowledge on the nature, characteristics and possibilities of each material, and the processes by
    which they are fabricated, maintained, disposed off.
    3- The environmental and sustainability issues related to materials.
    2014 Fall Semester Syllabus, Architectural Materials ARCH222
    4- Basic knowledge on how materials are assembled to compose architectural systems, especially applied to
    envelope and structure.
    5- Observation habit and to analyze in a critic way how materials are used in reality.
    6- Developing skills at studying alternatives and taking design and real life decisions related to materials and
    their assembly.
    7- Understanding of the basic concepts of construction management and materials specification writing.
    8- Graphic skills for detailing, both describing existing details and exploring and expressing the architectural
    detailing so others can understand/build them.

    Constructing architecture : materials, processes, structures : a handbook /
    2nd, extended ed, Deplazes (Ed). Birkhauser, 2009 (2nd Edition)

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