Course syllabus

Arkitektur i material och detalj I
Architecture in Material and Detail I

AAKN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Compulsory for: MARK1-aad
Elective Compulsory for: MARK1-spe
Elective for: A4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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.

Learning outcomes

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

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: To obtain a passing mark each student must have approved submissions and at least 80% active attendance at seminars, lectures and examinations. Attendance at the final review.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 12.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Docent Tomas Tägil,
Teacher: universitetslektor Bernt Nilsson,
Further information: The course “Architecture in Material and Detail I” differs from “Architecture in Material and Detail II” through different focus.