2021 Building Construction and Detail

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Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yasuda Koichi  Takeuchi Toru  Tamura Shuji  Yokoyama Yutaka  Sakata Hiroyasu  Murata Ryo 
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Course description and aims

First, the instructor will explain general structures of buildings, namely, subjects such as structural principles, various construction methods, and how the details fit together. Then, the instructor will explain the load and disturbance acting on building structures, various design methods, as well as types of building structures and their characteristics.
Students will learn about buildings—structural principles, various construction methods, and how the details fit together.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to explain the outline of the flow of external forces and external causes acting on a building as well as explain the structure and fit of buildings overall and in detail, having the ability to see the entirety of a building as an architectural structure.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
In this lecture, building's structural principles, various construction methods, element details are explained with detailed examples by the lecturers who is a Japanese registered architect or has equivalent practical design experiences on building structure and material.


Building construction, Structural form, Architectural detail

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of lectures and exercises according to the theme of the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Design, building construction and detail: RC structure Understanding an over view of building construction. Understanding characteristics of RC structure.
Class 2 Design, building construction and detail: Steel structure Understanding characteristics of steel structure.
Class 3 Design, building construction and detail: Material Understanding characteristics of material.
Class 4 Design, building construction and detail: Timber structure Understanding characteristics of timber structure.
Class 5 Building construction system: Roof Understanding characteristics of roof system.
Class 6 Building construction system: Wall Understanding characteristics of wall system.
Class 7 Building construction system: Floor Understanding characteristics of floor system.
Class 8 Earthquake and damage Understanding characteristics of earthquake and damage.
Class 9 Ground and foundation structure Understanding characteristics of ground and foundation structure.
Class 10 Wind and steel structure: Characteristics of steel material Understanding characteristics of steel component on the relation of wind and steel structure.
Class 11 Wind and steel structure: Construction system of steel structure Understanding characteristics of construction methods on the relation of wind and steel structure.
Class 12 Wind and steel structure: Wind load Understanding characteristics of wind load on the relation of wind and steel structure.
Class 13 Composite structure of steel and concrete: RC structure Understanding characteristics of RC structure as composite structural system.
Class 14 Composite structure of steel and concrete: SRC and PC structure Understanding characteristics of SRC and PC structure as composite structural system.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Textbook published by AIJ

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Students are assessed by reports and practices.

Related courses

  • Architectural Design and Drawing I
  • Architectural Design and Drawing II
  • Structural Mechanics I
  • Building Materials and Construction
  • Structural Design I

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