Architectural Design and Construction
Area of Study
Architecture, Construction Management, Graphic Design, Industrial Design
Taught In English
48 credit points of completed study
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject introduces students to principles and techniques of architectural detailing. Students learn how to represent construction materials, building components and the connections between them in orthographic drawings and physical models and begin to develop the ability to produce technically proficient details of assembly. Students develop an understanding of architectural detailing as an extension of the design process and develop an appreciation of the significance of architectural detailing to the formal aesthetics of architecture.Subject objectivesOn successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:1. Understand the visual and contextual qualities of the structural system, construction elements, materials and building components.2. Ability to investigate and evaluate construction elements, material and building components based on an understanding of their physical properties, technical performance and the requirements of building standards.3. Understand the relationship between structure, construction and design intention and the significance of architectural detailing to the formal aesthetics of architecture.4. Understand the role and characteristics of technical documentation and specifications.5. Ability to produce relatively accurate and technically proficient details of assembly.6. Ability to communicate an increasing knowledge of structure and construction orally, visually and in written form.This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:Ability to take autonomous responsibility for actions and decisions (A.1)Ability to establish and develop an informed and ethical position toward social, technical and environmental practices (A.2)Ability to position work within an extended disciplinary context (A.3)Ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required, and constructively contribute to peer learning (C.1)Ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, physical and digital (C.2)Ability to constructively engage with subject learning activities (C.3)Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes (I.3)Ability to produce inspirational responses that exemplify integration of learning experiences (I.4)Ability to innovatively use architectural technologies and materials (I.5)Ability to apply communication techniques, knowledge and understanding to practical applications in architecture (P.1)Ability to apply relevant digital and/or manual techniques and technologies to architectural practice (P.2)Ability to thoughtfully apply/deploy disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development (P.3)Ability to demonstrate knowledge of current architectural practice (P.4)Ability to source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references (R.1)Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study (R.2)Ability to demonstrate knowledge of architectural precedent and to place architectural practice within a contextual framework (R.4)Teaching and learning strategies4 hours per week.Face-to-face classes will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, project-based tutorial exercises, short student presentations, simulations of professional practice, and group work. These will be complemented by independent student reading and self-reflection on the relationship of theory to practical experiences in the classroom.ContentContent areas will include:Understanding the capabilities of different materialsIntroduction to architectural detailing techniques such as the articulation of primary/secondary structure, layering, junctions, connections between materials etcIntroduction to architectural detailing principles in terms of touching the ground, turning the corner, thin edges and fine linesUnderstanding the building envelope in terms of waterUnderstanding of technical documentation and specification conventions and practices, including cutting edge technologies such as BIMIntroduction to developments in new fabrication technologies and materialsUnderstanding construction detailing and documentation as an extension of the architectural design processAssessmentAssessment task 1: Precedent Study (individual submission)Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 3, 4, 5 and 6This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):A.1, C.1, C.3, I.3, P.1, P.2, P.3, P.4, R.1, R.2 and R.4Weight: 30%Assessment task 2: In-class examination (individual assessment)Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:2, 4 and 5This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):C.2, P.1, P.2, P.3, P.4, R.1 and R.4Weight: 30%Assessment task 3: Cubism (group process leading to individual submission)Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):A.1, A.2, A.3, C.1, C.2, C.3, I.3, I.4, I.5, P.1, P.2, P.3, P.4, R.1, R.2 and R.4Weight: 40%
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.