Technology 5 - ARCH6470

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 30 (15) Henrik Schoenefeldt checkmark-circle


This technology portfolio further develops how the concurrent and parallel design module (or exceptionally a design project already completed in a previous MArch design module) would be realised in terms of the technology and environmental considerations of the building programme. It further develops, demonstrates and integrates the building technologies and environmental control strategies underlying the design project. Each student is to produce a series of technical detail drawings from Scales 1:20 – 1: 5, together with a physical model of a key part of their building, for instance a section through the envelope at a corner, at a scale of 1:20 or as directed by the module convener. Students have to demonstrate a developed ability to critically evaluate and refine technical propositions through an iterative process. Additionally design drawings and models will be expected to demonstrate an advanced consideration for and provision of technology addressing the environmental exposure, temperature control, waterproofing, ventilation, circulation, structural support and integration, and sensibilities and sensitivities to appropriate building construction technologies. This will include an articulated attitude to the use of Material Tectonics. Students will need to summarise the iterative process and the final solution through clearly annotated drawings, sketches and models (both presentation and working models) appropriately.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 38 hours
Private study hours: 262 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Technical Portfolio (100%)

Reassessment methods
Like for like.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Allen, E., Iano, J. (2007). The Architect's Studio companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design. Hoboken NJ: Wiley.
Bachman, L. R. (2004). Integrated Buildings: The Systems Basis of Architecture. Hoboken NJ: Wiley.
Clegg, P. et al. (2007). Feilden Clegg Bradley: The Environmental Handbook. London: Right Angle Publishing.
Daniels, K. (2003). Advanced building systems: A Technical Guide for Architects and Engineers. Basel: Birkhauser.
Kwok, A, W. Grondzik. (2007). The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Design. Oxford: Architectural Press.
McLeod, V. (2007). Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture. London: Laurence King Publishing.
McLeod, V. (2009). Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture. London: Laurence King Publishing.
McLeod, V. (2010). Encyclopaedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture. Laurence King Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Developed understanding of strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques.
2 Developed understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification
3 Developed knowledge of strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project.
4 The necessary skills to prepare designs that will meet building user's requirements and comply with UK legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and
safety requirements.
5 Developed knowledge of iterative and evidence-based approaches to design.
6 The necessary skills to prepare analytical and detailed technical drawings illustrating accurately the structural and environmental solutions adopted in the student's own
design project.
7 Ability to evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable
design proposals.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Developed problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances.
2 An ability to produce reports which are clear, analytical and logical covering a range of technical issues and include appropriate illustrations.
3 The ability to use visual, verbal and written communication methods and appropriate media to represent testing, analysis, and critical appraisal of complex proposals to
professional and lay audiences
4 An ability to reflect on project progress and develop enhancement strategies


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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