Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. AAKN20 overlaps following cours/es: AAK170. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Senior lecturer Bernt Nilsson,, Architecture. Prerequisites: At least three years approved full time education at university level (or a Bachelor degree) in architecture or equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: To obtain a passing mark each student must have approved submissions and at least 80% active attendance at seminars, lectures and examinations. Further information: The course “Architecture in Material and Detail I” differs from “Architecture in Material and Detail II” through different focus.

The aim of the course is to provide in depth knowledge about architecture as a dialogue between building design, materials and construction. The students will study tectonic meanings in architecture through looking at a construction as a whole including symbolic, representative and other values. They will train the process of shaping architecture through aesthetic processing of material and construction. The aim is also to provide deep knowledge and understanding about materials and technologies from different periods of architecture to be able to interpret and apply in modern work.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to explain the correlation between architecture, materials and construction in buildings from different periods and apply this knowledge in a modern building context

• show good knowledge in the artistic design process in architecture as detail and as a whole

• understand advanced construction from an architect’s perspective

• have a good knowledge about materials and constructions from different periods

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to analyze existing buildings from a tectonic point of view

• be able to collect knowledge to design and outline a building with focus on materials and details

• be able to design a building from a tectonic and spatial point of view and present this in model and text

• be able to present his/her workprocess and results orally, in writing and visually

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

• present a critical, independent and creative approach in the work process where artistic, materials and details are included

• be able to assess architecture from a holistic perspective

The course is directed to the modern building tectonics. The work includes both analysis and development of the built environment. The course is based on earlier basic knowledge and provides more complex, broader and deeper studies in materials, details and advanced structures of architecture.

A course compendium which can change between years.