Course Code: 
ARCH 437
Course Type: 
Area Elective
Course Language: 
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Course Objectives: 
This course engages with design-build practice. It provides critical connections with local communities, civil societies, local industries and natural resources.
Course Content: 
This is an applied course which engages with civil society and ecological issues based on the available project in that semester and the faculty’s ongoing research. The course bridges between academy and the world outside academy, between design intent and methods, and between experiential and technical issues involved in building. It engages a small group of students, 12-15 participants as the proper number of participants for an efficient contribution, collaboration and work safety, toward designing and building an architectural work. In this course, students will spend time collecting data, drawing and imagining the built work they conceive, and will realize their ideas through construction. Students will be evaluated through participation/contribution to the tasks assigned to them as a team and individually.
Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 4: Seminar, 5: Project, 6: Teamwork, 7:Technical excursion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Jury, C: Homework, D:Quiz, E:Internship

Vertical Tabs

Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
knowledge of materials and methods and development of construction skills 17 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 A, B, C
collaboration, participatory, and group design abilities 4, 23 2, 3, 5, 6 B, C
ability to relate scales and translate representations 2 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 A, B, C
development and application of ecological thinking 17 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 A, B, C

Course Flow

Week Topics Preparation
1 Introduction; History and Theory of Design/Build; Crafts and Workmanship; Proper Use of Hand Tools  
2 Site visit, meeting stakeholders & gathering data  
3 Research & initial design ideas  
4 Preliminary design  
5 Preliminary design; Presentation to the stakeholders & receiving feedback  
6 Design development; construction/assembly drawings  
7 Consultation with the structural engineer; Detailing construction/assembly drawings  
8 Field work & documentation  
9 Field work & documentation  
10 Field work & documentation  
11 Field work & documentation  
12 Field work & documentation  
13 Field work & documentation  
14 Finalization of field work  
  Work Report Submission due Final Exam Week  

Recommended Sources

Lecture Notes -
Other Sources
  • Charlie Hailey, Design/Build with Jersey Devil: A Handbook for Education and Practice.
  • Albert Jackson and David Day, The Complete Manual of Woodworking: A Detailed Guide to Design, Techniques, and Tools for the Beginner and Expert.
  • Chad Schwartz, Introducing Architectural Tectonics: Exploring the Intersection of Design and Construction. 
  • Chad Schwartz, Constructing Experience: Exploring Design|Build Strategies within a Technology Course.
  • Chad Schwartz, Building a Social Framework: Utilising Design/Build to Provide Social Learning Experiences for Architecture Students.
  • Lisa Huang, Learning from Failure in the Design Process: Experimenting with Materials.
  • Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
  • Richard Sennett, The Craftsman.
  • William Carpenter, Learning by building: design and construction in architectural education.
  • Andrea Oppenheimer and Timothy Hursley, Rural studio: Samuel Mockbee and an architecture of decency.
  • Susan Piedmont-Palladino and Mark Alden Branch, Devil’s workshop: 25 years of Jersey Devil architecture.
  • Donald A. Schon, The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action.
  • Jeremy Till, Nishat Awan, and Tatjana Schneider, Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture.
  • J. Meejin Yoon and Irina Chernyakova, Architecture and Action.

Material Sharing

Documents Site drawings / delivered in digital format
Assignments 12 Classroom Assignments / delivered in physical format
Exams 1 Semester Project and 1 Final Report


Mid-term Exams    
Project (Assignment) 12 30
Field survey    
Other 1 20
Final Exam (Final Project) 1 50
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   70
Contribution of In-term Studies to Overall Grade    30
Total   100
Course Category  Expertise/Field Courses

Course’s Contribution to Program

Program Learning Outcomes 
Contribution Level

 (1: lowest,                               5: highest )

1 2 3 4 5
1 Critical thinking skills: Ability to develop clear and open questions, use abstract ideas to express ideas, evaluate opposing views, reach to the well-examined results and test them with similar criteria and standards          
2 Communication / Graphic communication skills: Ability to formally express each stage of planning and design process with various techniques including hand-drawings and information technologies to create appropriate presentations; to have an ability of a complete and accurate technical description and documentation of the project       x  
3 Research skills/ Ability of Utilization from Examples: Ability to obtain relevant information, assessment, recording and apply during the architectural processes; the ability to discover examples that are appropriate to program and form, concerning the composition and development of architectural and urban projects          
4 Design skills: Understanding the creation, development and implementation processes of two and three dimension design, architectural composition, and visual perception and organization in urban design, ability to apply basic architectural principles in building, interiors and layout       x  
5 World architecture: Comprehending the rules of world  architecture, landscape and urban design, and also the climatic, technological, socio-economic and cultural factors which shape these principles          
6 Regional Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Comprehending the effects of national traditions and historical heritage in national and vernacular architecture including local architecture, landscape and urban design.          
7 Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Having awareness of the protection of historical areas as well as the basic principles for the documentation of historical monuments and buildings for the preparation of their restoration projects.          
8 Sustainability: Conservation of artificial sources which also include naturally and culturally significant buildings and spaces, regarding the role of sustainability in the architectural and urban design decisions and understanding the formation of healthy buildings and establishments            
9 Social Responsibility: Comprehending  the needs, behaviors, social and spatial patterns which characterize different cultures          
10 Nature and Human: Understanding the interaction between physical environment and humans          
11 Geographical Conditions: Ability to design settlement and building considering the natural and artificial properties of site            
12 Life safety: Understanding the basic principles of life safety systems with an emphasis on the topic of emergency exits          
13 Structural systems: Understanding the behavioral principles of standing structures with vertical and horizontal forces and the development and application of contemporary load-bearing systems          
14 Building Physics and Environmental Systems: Understanding the basic principles of lighting, acoustics, air-conditioning and energy use in the design of environmental systems.          
15 Building Shell Systems: Understanding the materials and basic design systems and correct application types of building shells          
16 Building Service Systems : Understanding the basic design principles of building service systems composing,  plumbing , electric , vertical circulation, communication, security and fire safety systems          
17 Construction Materials and Applications: Understanding the principles and standards of building materials and components in terms of production and applications.     x    
18 Integration of Building Systems: Ability of evaluation, selection and integration of building service systems, environment, security and building shells in building design.          
19 Program Organization and Evaluation: The ability to evaluate an architectural project with a comprehensive program, according to the design criteria concerning the client, user requirements, appropriate precedents, space and equipment requirements, site conditions and related laws and standards          
20 Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to improve and evaluate an architectural project with a comprehensive program from graphical design to system details (Structural and environmental systems, security, etc.)          
21 Control of Building Cost: Within the framework of the design project; understanding the basics of finance, building economy and cost control          
22 Architect-Employer Relationship: Understanding the responsibility of analyzing the requirements of the owner and customer as an architect          
23 Teamwork and Collaboration: Ability to enhance individual skills and take on different roles through identification and work as a member of the design team , in conjunction with other environments     x    
24 Project Management: Understanding the duty of tasking, contracting, personnel management, consultants, project delivery methods and service agreement           
25 Application Management: Understanding issues of office organization, business planning, marketing, financial management, project management, risk mitigation, the basic principles of leadership and the profession of issues affecting the globalization, outsourcing, project delivery, expanding practice that support the profession of architecture           
26 Leadership: Understanding the pioneer role of the architect in the process of project and design for contract administration          
27 Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding the legal responsibilities of the architect in building design and construction such as public health, safety and well-being, property rights, zoning and housing regulations, user rights which affect architectural studies          
28 Architectural Practice / Professional Development: Understanding the role of the internship in professional development, and  mutual rights and responsibilities of the employer and the trainee          
29 Professional Ethics: Understanding the ethical issues that are related to the professional adjudication in architectural design and practice          


Course Duration (14 weeks x total work hours) 14 5 70
Workload outside the classroom (research and reviews) 12 2 24
Quiz - - -
Homework 12 2 24
Presentation/Seminars 1 2 2
Midterm Exams - - -
Project - - -
Laboratory - - -
Field survey  - - -
Others  - - -
Final exam (Final Project) 1 24 24
Total workload      144
Total workload / 25     5,76
ECTS of the course     6