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Unit information: Architecture with Building Services in 2020/21

Unit name Architecture with Building Services
Unit code CENG20017
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Norman
Open unit status Not open

Introductory Structural Analysis (CENG10007) or equivalent


Structural Materials Design (new unit)

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


As civil engineers we are regularly required to work in design teams with architects and building services engineers. This course will teach engineers about the design process and how we work together with these other disciplines to realise our collective vision when designing buildings. It will teach students the “language” of architecture and core building services design. It will build their confidence in applying building design principles to real problems. This unit will introduce passive control of building environments and sustainability, architectural design philosophy, the industrial design process including design team meetings and the principles of safe building design.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

(1) Undertake the initial stages of building design and identify the key roles within a design team.

(2) Be able to professionally communicate architectural and building services concepts and ideas, through words, drawings, photos, models and verbal communication;

(3) Suggest measures that could be adopted to improve a building’s sustainability and reduce its environmental impact.

(4) Produce design calculations for simplified architectural and building services cases.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Coursework 100%

Reading and References

  • Building: 3,000 years of Design, Engineering and Construction, Bill Addis, Phaidon
  • Why Architects Still Draw, Paolo Belardi, The MIT Press
  • Modern Architecture Since 1900, William Curtis, Phaidon
  • Inspiration and Process in Architecture, various authors, Moleskine SpA
  • The Elements of Modern Architecture, Understanding Contemporary Buildings, Antony Radford, Selen Morkoc and Amit Srivastava, Thames and Hudson
  • Thomas R. Environmental design: an introduction for architects and engineers, Taylor and Francis, 3rd edition, 2005
  • Szokolay S. Introduction to Architectural Science: The Basis of Sustainable Design, Architectural Press 2014
  • Bleicher D. The illustrated guide to mechanical building services, BSRIA, 2017
  • Tse P. The illustrated guide to electrical building services, BSIRA, 2014.