Structural design

This elective course aims to teach building technology students how to design structures balancing the needs for architecture and engineering. The course is not geared into showing students how to validate a design using the building codes, but to teach students how to design structures from first principles in an innovative way using different materials.

For a given problem of a small isolated structure which visually dominates its surroundings two alternative designs need to be made. One design will be made in glass, the other in more conventional materials. The glass designs needs to be optimized in terms of minimum visibility, the other design needs to be optimized to minimum weight. Both designs need to be validated.

Following this course you will learn to:

  • analyse a structural design problem
  • design a complex, for one purpose optimized, structure in different materials based on basic structural engineering principles