AAR4811 - Analysis of Built Structures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 100/100 6 weeks

Course content

The subject of the course is architectural design of interventions on existing buildings from the 20th century.The use / function of the building may have changed or have ceased, but the building represents historical, technical and architectural values that justify that it can and should be reused and rebuilt.
The course offers an introduction to current theory, methods and practical techniques for surveying, documenting and analyzing existing buildings from the 20th Century with respect to their physical and material properties, technical condition, architectural and cultural value and and potential for upgrading to a new or improved use.
The aim is to establish a basis for decision making in planning of interventions in existing buildings.
The course serves as a preparation for the design course AAR4553 Transformation.

Learning outcome

Methods for survey and documentation of buildings with analogue and digital tools. Review and quality control of existing drawings.
Physical properties of building materials for assessment of technical condition.
Assessment of the building's layout and structure as a basis for mapping of possibilities for transformation for new or improved use.
Searching for, and use of relevant records and documents in public archives.
Basic knowledge of contemporary architectural history and conservation of cultural heritage.

Systematic collecting of information in field work on case buildings.
Documenting and assessing technical condition on a summary level.
Ability to "read" and interpret buildings; their possibilities and limitations.

Ability to synthesize large amounts of detailed information into a comprehensive understanding of the prerequisits, qualities and possibilities of a built environment.

A basic understanding of existing buildings as resources in a wide conception of the notion, and ability to identify values and potential qualities for use, as well as limitations. Ability to produce and convey a complex body of information in a concise written form. Cooperation in groups.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on field studies of existing buildings or built environments, where instruction and guidance in the use of various methods is given on site. An exercise in searching for historic records and documents in public archives is included. Throughout the course, lectures and seminars will be given on topical themes and aspects. Any excursions are voluntary and there will be prepared alternative equal educational programs for those who do not participate.
The students will work in groups, submitting a group work that will form the basis for examination grades. The work may take the form of a report, an exhibition etc and will be announced at the start of the term. The group work must be submitted both printed and digitally. The students are given the opportunity to present their work to the examiner. What is being considered is the submitted work. The oral presentation is not part of the assessment. Assessment guidelines will be prepared and posted on Blackboard shortly after submission.

Compulsory activities: The students are required to participate in the field work, seminars, workshops and group work to be assessed for grading.

Compulsory assignments

  • seminar og group work

Further on evaluation

The students are required to participate in the field work, seminars, workshops and group work to be assessed for grading.

Postponed exams 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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in architecture or equivalent.
The course is based on a real situation where the students are working with collection of information from various oral and written sources. As most of the information will be in Norwegian, good knowledge in Norwegian / Scandinavian language, both oral and written, is required.

Course materials

Annouced at the start of term.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology



Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 100/100
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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