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11233 Advanced Architectural Construction

6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorials), 6hrs x 3 (day-long forums)
Requisite(s): 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90375 Core Subjects BAArch AND 11207 Architectural Design and Construction AND 11206 Introduction to Construction and Structural Synthesis AND 11231c Architectural Design: Field
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.



This subject takes the form of a series of case studies demonstrating how the implementation of highly-integrated architectural spatial strategies, specific construction methods and material systems give rise to outstanding architectural outcomes – particularly focusing on large scale public and commercial building envelope systems.

The subject argues that any notion of 'advanced' can only be attained through the conceptual and practical frameworks of deep-level integrated practice.

After developing an in-depth understanding of an existing envelope system through analysis of a chosen case study, various parameters are manipulated which would cause the system to fail and therefore require redesign. Additionally, focus shifts to the consideration of how structural, material and environmental performance can create a framework of resilience. It is expected that the knowledge, methodologies and analytical tools developed during the initial exercises deeply inform the studio design project.

It is assumed that students bring work-in-progress on a weekly basis and attend with a suitable laptop/device with appropriate software installed to continue working in collaboration with tutors during tutorial sessions. Recommended software is:

  • Rhino/Revit for construction sections
  • Grasshopper for parametric transformation

Targetted tutorial/lab time is provided for the parametric modelling phase.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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