The course Structural Systems presents students to the achievements and tendencies in structural design. During the course, students learn about different structural typologies, their specific performances, elements, methods of design, construction and fabrication. The course also aims to introduce students to an integrated approach to architectural and structural design.
Structural Systems is the course taught annually in the third year of Bachelors Studies of Architecture.
The learning process comprises theoretical and practical activities.
Theoretical teaching focuses on the presentation of different typologies of structural systems from the aspect of:
_ principles of construction and design,
_ applications in the context of architectural design and realization.
Practical teaching, in support of and verification of previously adopted theoretical assumptions, involves individual:
_ designing tasks related to particular types of structural systems,
_ analysis of examples from the literature,
_ semester project - a deign of a high-rise or long-range structural system.
The applied teaching methodology combines lectures, with the active learning methods including discussions, demonstrations, exercises, work with literature, project-based learning. Activities and assignments are designed to engage and motivate students to develop diverse types of knowledge and skills related to the structural design problematics and to implement them creatively in practical situations.