Architectural Design & Technology
1: Architectural Design
Design project undertaken in teams, interdisciplinary or individually (TBC year-on-year) based on a client's design brief with emphasis on architectural design, aesthetics and developing a robust concept. Output: conceptual design.
2: Architectural Technology
Modern methods of construction (MMC) technology and their application to the design devised above. Examples topics can include (non-exhaustive): MMC typologies, manufacturing, logistics and construction processes. Output: spatially coordinated design with details showing MMC application.
Building Acoustic Performance
This module includes the following…
Introduction to sound insulation measurements and performance monitoring
Sound transmission pathways and mechanisms
Designing for School, Hospital buildings and other Civic and commercial buildings
Designing and performance of rooms for the control of ambient noise
Designing and performance of rooms for the control of reverberation time
Assessing the implication of external noise sources on the design, orientation and layout of buildings
Designing and performance for timber frame attached houses and apartments
Designing and performance for blockwork and masonry attached houses and apartments
Designing and performance for steel frame and in-situ concrete attached housing
Understanding pre-conversion acoustic testing and refurbishment developments
Innovations in acoustics and sound insulation
Building Energy Performance
Building Thermal Performance:
Building Heat loss
Detailing for Energy Efficient Construction
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Software Tools for designing Energy Efficient Buildings
SAP/SBEM compliance and Energy Performance Certification
Modelling Sustainable Construction
Low and Zero Carbon Technologies (LZCT):
Renewable Energy Technologies
Integration of LZCT in Buildings
Zero Carbon Buildings
Testing Building Performance
Building Information Modelling
BIM Introduction, standards and legislation
Lectures on this topic will address the concept and principles of BIM including the current legislation and standards.
Open sharable project based design and construction
Lectures will cover methodologies on how to create suitable, disciplined and collaborative ways for managing the production, distribution and quality of construction information and from CAD systems.
Software facilitating collaboration between project professionals
Lectures and practical sessions will analyse a set of BIM models using BIM software that represent different perspectives of a construction project.
Demonstrations of examples of hardware and techniques to strengthen the implenetation of BIM
Practical sessions and demostrations will show the student how BIM assisted hardware can facilitate BIM collaborations and open sharable information of buildings.
Design of a project implementing BIM practices
An opportunity to develop a small building project using BIM software which will improve project communication, facilitate changes and create synergy between design, construction, handover and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE).
Design Project & Technical Report
The module is design studio based and is largely problem based student centred learning. Throughout the module students will be supported by a series of design tutorials. At the start of the module these tutorials will be group tutorials wherever possible with individual tutorials being more common towards the end of the module.
There are two elements to the module, a technical report and a design project. The technical report will be based on research undertaken by the student on an area that is relevant to the design project. The design project will be subdivided into two main parts – the design and the detail design. The design phase will require students to critically appraise the design brief and to reflect on their findings and to develop their own individual response to the design programme and the findings of their technical report. It will require students to prepare individual design solutions including technical design solutions for their designs and to evaluate them. The detail phase will involve the preparation of a series of detailed drawings of the building and students must justify the decisions that they have made.
Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.
Health and Safety
Introduction to Health and Safety Law
Background to health and safety law, its history and development in the UK. The Impact of International Obligations. The role of the International Labour Organisation. Role of the EU and European Directives.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Scope and application of the Act, Safety Policies. Legal Duties under the Act. Legal duties of employers, employees, controllers of premises, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers. Enforcement of the Act. Appeals against enforcement notices. Offences by Corporations, Directors, managers, etc.
Institutions of Health and Safety
Role of Government. The Health and Safety Executive.
Health and Safety Management
Introduction to occupational health and safety management systems, UK and international standards.
Tools of health and safety management. Health and safety and Employment Law in UK.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Risk Assessment. Principles of Prevention. Health and safety arrangements. Health surveillance. Health and Safety Assistance. Information for Employees. Co-operation and Co-ordination. Capabilities and Training.. Working Time Regulations. Safety Officers. Safety Representatives. Safety Committees. Enforcement of Organisational Health and Safety Rules
Particular Health and Safety Issues
Working Alone. Working Abroad. Immigrant Workers. Smoking at Work. Drug abuse. Alcohol at Work. Home Workers. Bullying at work. Disabled Employees. Stress at work. Young persons. Expectant mothers.
Working at Height Regulations. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. Manual Handling Regulations. Fire Safety. The Fire precautions (Workplace) Regulations
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations.
Integrated Building Retrofit
Historical UK building context:
Archetype, age and period of existing building stock in the UK
Building features typical of existing buildings – floor, wall, roof type
Traditional materials and methods of construction:
Traditional building materials properties, limitations and behaviour in existing buildings
Traditional building methods of construction in existing buildings
Sustainable building retrofit methods and standards:
UK Building standards and its context towards building retrofit
Addressing fuel poverty in domestic buildings and economically/ environmentally unviable non-domestic buildings
Sustainable evaluation of building retrofit
Methods of best practice retrofit of buildings
Examples of different building retrofit methods, case studies, trials and new materials
Social considerations in building retrofit
Traditional building services, ventilation, heating and cooling
Sustainable Building Design
Energy and Environmental issues; the global and local imperatives;
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Brownfield Site Redevelopment;
Materials and waste strategies;
Low carbon building designs;
Implementation & Performance Targets:
(building regulations, LCA, performance rating systems)
Timber Architectural Design and Technology
This module includes the following…
Historical overview of domestic timber construction – western and eastern traditions
Contemporary timber frame construction and MMC
Cross Laminated Timber construction
Performance of timber dwellings – acoustic, air tightness, thermal, timber cladding
Relationship between structure and form
Contemporary non domestic timber buildings and structures
All of the topics above are discussed within a social, cultural and historic context
* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.