Structural Design 1

The course introduces the discipline of structural engineering as a means of unlocking hidden architectural design potential. Students develop the skills necessary to make informed decisions about geometry and material selection through a detailed understanding of statics, force flow, strength, stiffness, and material durability. The course begins with the fundamentals of structural analysis, the design of engineering components (columns, beams, trusses, arches, etc.), and structural materials (structural steel, timber) as a means of introducing the design of more complex structural systems (funicular systems, bridge design, high rise building design, etc.). Case studies of historic and recently completed projects across the world are used throughout the course to demonstrate first principles of engineering design and construction. In the process, students develop an understanding for the collaborative design process necessary among engineering and architectural design professionals in the pursuit of real-world design applications.