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ARCH 5300 - Construction Systems


This course will provide a basic understanding of the components, assemblies, and processes used in building construction, with an emphasis in structural typologies, materials, and enclosure systems, including frames, load-bearing walls, and structural forms. Typologies will be analyzed through their different materials component (wood, steel, concrete, timber) and construction methods (prefab, formwork, assembly, form-finding). From this fundamental point of departure, the course will examine the construction systems as a composition of building elements (walls, floors, columns, etc.) as well construction methods (casting, laminating, bending, stacking, connecting). Additional coursework will analyze enclosure systems and building envelopes that extend the structural system or attach to it, creating an interior to control and mediate between external environmental factors and internal programmatic requirements.

This course is required of all first-year architecture graduate students in the M. Arch. program.

 

When Offered: Fall term annually.

Co-Listed: ARCH 2350   

Credit Hours: 2



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