Course syllabus

Integrerad design: Konstruktion - Arkitektur
Integrated Design: Structural Design - Architectural Design

VSMN15, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Elective for: V4-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to establish a common frame of concepts relating to structures, optimisation and architectural expressions, in the interaction between engineers and architects in the final part of their studies.

Further, the aim of the course is to show that structural mechanics concepts and architectural expressions are related by our way of understanding, one by a natural science organization, the other by intuitive understanding.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

For architectural students:

For engineering students:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course starts with a series of lectures and discussions about structural concepts and a general description of the relation between structural mechanics/engineering and architecture. Further, structural elements are discussed, as well as how these contribute to give different expressions and how the structural design concepts vary with the expression.

The course is organized as a project course where both architectural students and engineering students contribute with their own future field of expertise. The projects are defined so that spatial qualities meet structural challenges. The literature constitutes a foundation for discussion in seminars concerning the interfacing and negotiation of spatial expression and structural design.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Assesment of project work. In the final project, engineering and architectural students work together in close cooperation. The project is presented at a seminar. To pass, the student must have participated in 75% of the teaching activities and the presentation must consist of a qualitative discussion that leads to a project proposal.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: AFO280, AAHN10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Erik Serrano,
Teacher: Professor Christer Malmström,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is given by the Divisions of Applied Aesthetics and Structural Mechanics. The course is given in parallel with the course for A: AAHN10