Degree Program: 

Course Description:

Through labs and lectures, covers building materials and methods including foundations, concrete, steel, masonry, framing systems and other construction technologies associated with large-scale complex buildings.

Module 1:
1. Ability to analyze and diagram basic stresses in structural elements
2. Ability to design a simple span structure
3. Understanding of structure in terms of force, form, material and connection
4. Ability to analyze simple trusses and truss-like elements using method-of-joints

Module 2:
1. Understanding of the principles of sustainability in design decisions that conserve the natural world
2. Awareness of fundamentals of the physical and environmental systems such as light and daylight, solar energy and geometry, climate, comfort, and acoustics
3. Understanding of the theories and methods that clarify the relationships between human behavior and human thermal comfort and the physical environment through proper climatic design response
4. Ability to analyze and evaluate the success of designs through model testing, computer simulation and empirical analysis in the fulfillment of programmatic, technical, contextual and aesthetic objectives.

Course Structure & Topics
Module 1:
Lectures will present the social implications of architectural technology, the principles and concepts of structural behavior in terms of force - form - material - connection, the analysis and diagramming of simple trusses using the method-of-joints and the critical review of the laboratory projects.  Laboratory sessions will be used for the critique and development of empirical laboratory projects and the collective testing of physical models. The laboratory project requires students to explore structural behavior through the iterative development of an abstract structural design.

Module 2:
This module emphasizes human perception aspects of the three environments: luminous, thermal, and acoustic.  Important topics of light as a source of energy, solar geometry and solar radiation physics, climate and microclimate design, human thermal comfort, and noise control in outdoor spaces will be introduced and investigated.  Methods of assessing human visual, thermal and hearing comfort levels will rely on physical model testing, computer simulation methods and empirical analysis and calculation methods.

Course Requirements
Students must complete all projects, homework assignments, quizzes and examinations as defined in this syllabus.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E