AAR4250 - Architecture as a Technological Practice


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

By lectures,the course offers knowledge of structures’, materials’ and technical installations’ importance to architecture. It is particularly relevant to students that see the design of buildings in cooperation with architects as their future working area, as well as those students who take a particular interest in the design aspects of engineering. The main aim of the course is to stimulate an interest in, and to develop an understanding of architecture as a technological practice, as well as to enable students to see structures and other engineering devices as expressions also of cultural phenomena.

Learning outcome

GENERAL COMPETENCE: The course aims at offering a competence in architecture and engineering as cultural phenomena, and the ability to see the relationship that exists between technological possibilities and architectural design decisions. The course will, in addition to a perspective on architecture as a technological practice,also give the students a basic competence in architecture seen as both a functional and a stylistic enterprise.
KNOWLEDGE: After having finished the course students are expected to know important reference works within the history of architecture up to the present, and to understand the role played by engineering in these. Furthermore are the students expected to describe important aspects of the architectural development and the reasons behind this.
SKILLS: The course is intended to prepare the students to “read” and understand the part played by structures and other engineering interventions in specific works of architecture, and thereby offering a basis for discussing structural form, the choice of materials and detailing, as well as technical installations with architects and with engineers from other disciplines. The course also aims at offering the necessary skills for engineers to discuss and to evaluate design solutions within the engineering profession as such.

Learning methods and activities

The core activity of the course is a lecture series on architectures that aims at communicating knowledge as well as stimulating an interest in the building culture which is common to architects and engineers, with a focus on presenting and discussing specific buildings. The teaching activities also consist of seminars and tutoring related to a written assignment. The assignment is to be developed throughout the semester and is submitted about 3-4 weeks before exams.
Moreover, a voluntary excursion to Paris is offered, over an extended weekend. The aim of this is to experience architecture physically, at the sites where these works were created. An alternative scheme is offered to those who do not participate, namely to seek out specific architectural works in Trondheim.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester test

Further on evaluation

Student evaluation consists of two parts; a written essay and a final exam. Both need to be judged as "passed" for the course as a whole to be judged as "passed". The student will not be allowed to sit for the exam unless the essay is approved.
The right to complain applies only after the final grade has been given.
Postponed examinations are usually scheduled for the next regular exam period.

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.

Course materials

The cource presents relevant litterature that the students are required to study.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 3

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
  • Architecture- and Design History
  • Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

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 *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Written examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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