AAR4250 - Architecture as a Technological Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 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. Also; the course is highly relevant for students of architecture who wish to learn more about the role of technology in architecture.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 professionals from other disciplines. The course also aims at offering the necessary skills to discuss and to evaluate design solutions within the engineering or architects professions 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 tutoring related to a written assignment. The assignment is to be developed throughout the semester and is submitted about 3-4 weeks before exams. 

Excursions can be arranged as part of the teaching of the course. The course leader will inform the students if the excursion is obligatory or optional at the start of the semester. Obligatory excursions will be free of cost for all students. Students who participate in optional excursions must expect to pay a small share of the expenses. For students who do not participate in optional excursions, an alternative will be offered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester test

Further on evaluation

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

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2021-12-09 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 2
DI42 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 2
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 58
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 E 2022-05-24 09:00
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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