Course Overview

Subject Description

Architecture Science and Technology is the first out of three courses on Building Technology in the Architecture and Sustainable Design core curriculum. It targets undergraduate students in architecture and aims to equip them with essential knowledge on the performance of buildings to shelter in different climates, on building systems and respective construction systems, on structural integrity and conscious material choices.

Architecture Science and Technology equips undergraduate architecture students with essential knowledge on building technologies and a sensitivity for good workmanship. Like craftsmen need to profoundly understand the material and tools they are engaging with, architects have to develop and refine the integration of structural logic, construction methods and tectonic articulation. A sequence of consecutive lab projects allows participants to navigate between measurable and intuitive modifications, identify the forces that act on a building and synthesise the complex demands of a design by developing detailed information construction proposals. The goal is to utilise and critically reflect on technology, by exploring the performance of buildings in different climates, categorising building systems and respective construction systems, examining structural integrity and formulating conscious material choices. The course addresses decarbonisation as a pressing challenge in the built environment and establishes an informed discourse on design choices and the relation of buildings with their environment.

2020 RenewFibre Asia Architecture Science & Technology Award

Award Winning Project

Team 3 – Christopher Ooi, Moorthy Priya Dharshni, Peter David, Rachel Cheah Jiawen

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Content Overview

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Course Sequence

The course is organised into five themes that group issues and topics. On a weekly basis, the schedule is organised around a lecture and a lab session, which is split into two groups. Topics are introduced in a sequential and cumulative manner and the concurring assignments reference them. 

Course Details

GradingA+ to F

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn and apply strategies that are relevant for the climatic performance of buildings
  2. Acquire a conceptual knowledge on structural systems, manipulate their configurations and assess the magnitude of forces
  3. Acquire the basic knowledge on construction systems, respective materials and the application in different building systems
  4. Assess the environmental impacts of materials in relation to their structural and thermal characteristics 
  5. Synthesise the acquired knowledge, design a small building, develop a feasible structural system and deliver the appropriate technical drawings

Measurable Outcomes 

  1. Formulate a building configuration that meets the criteria of various climatic conditions
  2. Assemble a structural system for the generated building form
  3. Assess different building components in regard to their environmental impact
  4. Produce iterations to compare the impact of different design choices on the performance
  5. Demonstrate the integration of the different aspects in a building project

Assessment Criteria

Each final grade will be calculated on the basis of timely and complete submission of assignments, examinations, projects (including in-class presentations), attendance and participation. The weighting of the elements that constitute the grade are as follows

Individual assignments16% (4% for assignments 1A, 2A, 3 and 4A)
Midterm exam32%
End of term survey2% (completion of end-of-term-survey)
Group assignments30% (10% for assignment 1B; 12% for 2B, 8% for 4B)
Term project (group)20%
*Individual assignments4%
2%             Completeness
2%             Quality of submission and documentation, timely delivery
**Group assignments8, 10, 12% respectively
Equal % (e.g.4 out of 12)  Design and inventiveness
Equal %Technical solution
Equal %Quality of submission and documentation, timely delivery

Weekly Schedule

MondayLecture2.30 to 4.30pm
TuesdayLab session 110.30am to 1.30pm
Lab session 23.30 to 6.30pm

Course Policies

Coursework submitted within seven days after the deadline will have a 50% penalty on the score, thereafter will have a 100% penalty. Students may only miss formal assessments (quizzes, exams) due to the following reasons: (1) medical leave, (2) family emergencies, (3) other matters beyond their control, with documentary proof.

During class sessions all personal communication devices should be switched to silent mode. The use of social media unrelated to classroom activities (such as for private mail, instant messaging, surfing the internet, reading the news, or playing games) is considered inappropriate and distracting to other people.

Copying from someone else’s assignments or other class content is considered cheating and is not tolerated in this class. Signing an attendance sheet in place of another student is also considered cheating. You are expected to attend all classroom sessions.

Please remember that attempting to dishonestly influence or manipulate an academic evaluation, grade, or record is considered a breach of course rules and will be taken very seriously by the instructors, leading to undesirable results for the students conducting these actions.

For all submitted material, scholarly citations must be used for all printed and digital sources. Consult Chicago Manual of Style or Modern Language Association.


Michael Budig
Assistant Professor

Michael Budig is Assistant Professor in Architecture at SUTD, director of REAL Lab for Research in Renewable and Regenerative Architecture and director of REALise Studio. His research is driven by computational design and fabrication, and the desire to provide innovative solutions for decarbonisation, digitalisation and changing demographics in the built environment.

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