AAR4209 - Models and Methods for Development and Analyses of Structural Concepts in Architectural Design


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course provides introduction to application of digital and physical models for development and analyses of structural concepts as part of architectural design. This includes design by optimization by known structural schemes as well as more open processes generating and developing structural geometries and structural systems. The course also includes how architectural concepts of forms can be examined and developed by structural design.

Learning outcome

GENERAL COMPETENCE: The course will provide an overview of the relationships between structural concepts and explicit shapes/forms of buildings as well as physical and digital tools for studying this.

KNOWLEDGE: After completing the course, the students will have practice- based knowledge about how to develop and analyze structural concepts by means of physical models such as "hanging-chain models" and "minimal-surface models" and about applying digital models linking architectural evaluation of forms with structural analyses typically by finite element modelling.

SKILLS: The students will be able to apply digital and physical models for designing and analyzing structural concepts as an integrated part of architectural form.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. The exercises include physical as well as digital modelling. The share of physical vs. digital models may vary, for instance due to the background of the students. 2/3 of the exercises must be passed in order to take the exam.

Evaluation form of exercises: approved / not approved

Evaluation form ofexam: Letter Grade

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Obligatory work must be delivered and approved before the exam. Deferred exams and failed exams are normally taken during the next ordinary examination period. Approved obligatory work may be included in the grade basis upon postponed examination or repetition, for up to 1.5 years after passing exercises.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)

Required previous knowledge

The course is open for students who have completed the third year of NTNU's master program in architecture as well as students in NTNU's master program in civil and environmental engineering. Enrollment in the course "Introduction to Architectural Design for Engineers" is considered admission to NTNU Minor in Architecture for Engineers.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Fourth-year courses, level IV


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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