30 credits at level HE6
This module seeks to achieve a synthesis between the design and technical aspects of the course.
This module will encourage students to produce alternative and innovative designs for buildings and components, which are technically competent. It will also consider the implications of converting and altering existing buildings.
Additionally, it is important that architectural technologists are able to communicate their designs both visually and verbally. The successful outcome of a project is dependent upon the good communication and interpersonal skills of all members of the project team.
Students will also examine the opportunities to utilise CAD during all stages of the building design and construction process. Three dimensional visualisation drawings and virtual reality scenes will also be produced.
Examination of both building and detail design, including building elements and components in modern buildings. Investigate the impact of altering and converting existing buildings on detailing and construction technology. Consider the impact of significant modern building designers and architects.
Legislation and Regulation (15%)
Implications of and impact on building design of the Building Regulations, C.D.M., fire legislation, security, etc.
Technical and Environmental Issues (15%)
Influence of environmental and technical issues on design.
Use of CAD and VR (25%)
Building design. Component design. Working drawings. 3D. Rendering. Virtual reality. Plotting and presentation.
Project Management (20%)
The role and context of the architectural technologist and other members of design and construction team. Project management processes and contract administration.
Appropriate techniques of presentation.
Lectures 70 hours
Tutorials and seminars 35 hours
Portfolio preparation 100 hours
Coursework preparation 15 hours
Self Study 80 hours
TOTAL 300 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the impact of sustainability on modern design solutions and details, within the context of new and existing buildings.||Critically examine the external influences on architecture, building materials, detailing and construction today.|
|2.||Be able to develop technically design and construction competent details within the constraints of legislation.
Analyse situations, identify requirements and resolve problems relating to legislation and the design of construction components and details.
Review, analyse and evaluate existing designs and details, synthesises a range of information and produces innovative details and designs.
|3.||Be able to uses CAD and virtual reality (VR) to communicate information and ideas.
Understand the interrelationship between CAD and other software packages used by the construction professionals,
Make proficient use of CAD and VR techniques to communicate drawn details and designs
Evaluate software including specification, measurement and promotional packages.
|4.||Understands project management processes.
Be able to work effectively with other members of the design and construction team and select and specify appropriate solutions.
Analyse the role of the project manager and project management process.
Use technical information from various sources provided by other members of the design and construction team.
|5.||Be able to produce imaginative designs/details.
Have a thorough understanding of construction technology and current legislation.
Be able to present and communicate information to peers
Undergo critique by staff and peers
Analyse, critically and constructively, modern building design, including their components and produce technically competent building details.
|6.||Be able to use manual techniques, CAD or VR systems appropriate to produce the information required.
Be able to communicate accurate building designs using CAD and three-dimensional representations.
Select most suitable method of communication and proficiency in its use.
Produce fully articulated working drawings using CAD system within a given time.
|7.||IKnow how to import and plot data from various sources including the Internet.||Analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a variety of sources and incorporate information in designs/details.|
|8.||Have effective skills in written and drawn communication, presentation and IT.
Produce clear, unambiguous drawings, specifications and reports and present work in a professional manner.
Present and defend work at critiques. Make effective use of Power point presentations and a range of IT applications including CAD, word processing, spreadsheets.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Production of a port folio of work comprising design solutions and presentations that will assess the student's ability to produce technically competent details and use CAD and VR systems.||Production of a port folio of work comprising design solutions and presentations that will assess the student's ability to produce technically competent details and use CAD and VR systems.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Emmitt, S., “Architectural Technology”, 2002, Blackwell Science.
Haverstock, “Building Design Easibrief”, 1999, Morgan Grampian, London.
Thompson, A., “Architectural Design Procedures”, 2nd Edition 1999, Edward Arnold.
Lawson, B, “How Designers Think”, 3rd Edition 1997. Architectural Press.
Fawcett, A.P., “Architecture Design Notebook”, Architectural Press.
Reekie & McCarthy, “Reekies Architectural Drawing”, 4th Edition 1995, Edward Arnold.
Tutt, P & Alder, D, “ Metric Handbook”,
Fletcher, B. “ A History of Architecture”,
Peysner, N., “A Dictionary of Architecture”,
Willis, C., J., “Specification Writing for Architects & Surveyors”, BSP
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