Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Architectural Technology

Stage I

ARCHTECH 106
15 Points

Architecture and Sustainability

People and internal and external environments through history; climate and microclimate; resources; materials, production, properties and environmental impact; comfort – psychology and measurement (thermal, lighting, sound); the sustainable house in New Zealand; architecture, techniques and systems; building and lifestyle, and measurement techniques.

Restriction: ARCHTECH 102, 103

ARCHTECH 107
10 Points

Design Technology I

Structural concepts and construction principles relating to light timber, steel, concrete and other typical construction materials for domestic scale buildings. In depth investigations of structural systems, building envelopes and detailing. Application of principles to design studio projects.

Restriction: ARCHTECH 100, 104, 105

ARCHTECH 108
15 Points

Introduction to Sustainability and Technology

Human-induced climate change: sustainability and resilience. Vernacular architecture. Principles of climate-sensitive design. Principles of environmental impact. The future of New Zealand cities. Resources, materials, properties and environmental impact. Introduction to construction principles and structural concepts including building elements, systems and foundation options. Properties of commonly used construction materials and appropriate ways of applying the principles to design studio projects.

Restriction: ARCHTECH 106, 107

Stage II

ARCHTECH 207
15 Points

Design Technology I

Development of structural and construction principles and systems for small-scale and residential buildings. Characteristics and behaviour of common building materials. Building components and detailing. Outline of building codes, health and safety regulations and site operations. Active building services and technologies for residential housing, including heating, cooling, ventilation, water, waste, electrical services and vertical transportation. Application to design studio projects.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 107 or 108

ARCHTECH 208
15 Points

Environmental Design I

Climate, energy and sustainability considerations in buildings. Solar analysis and design tools. Thermal performance, ventilation and condensation. Visual performance and visual comfort. Interaction of light with materials and daylight performance of buildings. Natural and artificial lighting design. Behaviour of sound and its control by materials and building systems. Measuring sound, and acceptability criteria. Requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 102 and 103 or 106

ARCHTECH 210
15 Points

Environmental Design 1

Climate, context and energy consideration in buildings. Heat transfer and energy balances. Thermal comfort through passive solar systems, materials and building services in small-scale and residential buildings. Integrating renewable energy sources in building design. Indoor air quality and natural ventilation. Air-tightness and moisture control. Daylight performance of buildings and visual comfort. Behaviour of sound and noise and their control for human comfort.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 106 and 107, or 108

Restriction: ARCHTECH 208

Stage III

ARCHTECH 307
10 Points

Environmental Design II

Heat and the thermal environment. Light and the luminous environment. Sound and the sonic environment. Energy and resources. Integrating environmental design and performance. Relevant physical principles reviewed with application and integration of the four topic areas and their relationship to human comfort. Simulation tools, measurements and techniques. Quantitative and qualitative approach to sustainable practices.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 208

Restriction: ARCHTECH 308, 309, 318, 319

ARCHTECH 312
10 Points

Design Technology III

Development of construction and structural principles for complex, large scale and multi-storey buildings. Investigation into advanced structural systems, façade technology, material selection and detailing. Introduction of factors affecting buildability and environmental performance. Fire protection and building code requirements. Application to design studio projects.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 207

Restriction: ARCHTECH 311, 475

ARCHTECH 313
10 Points

Directed Study

A topic approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 307 and 312 or Departmental approval

ARCHTECH 314
15 Points

Environmental Design 2

Indoor environmental quality for complex, large scale and multi-storey buildings. Requirements of the New Zealand Building Code for energy efficiency and human comfort. Design strategies and innovative materials for high-performance buildings. Qualitative and quantitative approach to sustainable practices. Simulation tools, measurements and techniques. Natural resources, materials optimisation and building reuse. Sustainability and resilience at the urban scale.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 208 or 210

Restriction: ARCHTECH 307

ARCHTECH 315
15 Points

Design Technology 2

Development of construction and structural principles for complex, large-scale and multi-storey buildings. Investigation of façade technology, material selection and detailing, as applied in practice. Development of factors affecting buildability, fire protection and building code requirements. Application to design studio projects through drawing and prototyping.

Prerequisite: ARCHTECH 207

Restriction: ARCHTECH 312

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