Course Code: 
ARCH 450
Course Type: 
Area Elective
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Course Objectives: 
To understand the interaction between rapidly transforming world ideas and sustainable architecture
Course Content: 
The effect of digitalization and new generation trends to buildings, reconsidering sustainability within the perspective of architecture and new global ideas, best practices
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

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
Analysis the Relationship of Buildings with Nature and Culture 8, 10, 14 2, 4, 7 A, C, D
Traditional and Modern Materials - Technology 8, 10, 14 1, 5 A, C, D
Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainability in All Phases of Construction 8, 10, 14 3, 4, 6 A, C, D
Efficiency and Certification Systems 8, 10, 14 4, 6, 7 A, C, D

Course Flow

Week Topics Preparation
1 Introduction – Sustainable architecture  
2 Transforming world, digitalization, new trends  
3 Introduction to ecology and sustainability definitions  
4 Bioclimatic design  
5 Digitalization in buildings  
6 Overview of green building certifications  
7 Midterm

Project announcement

8 Renewable energy in buildings  
9 Renewable energy in buildings   
10 Building biology  
11 LCA and materials  
12 Integrated design  
13 Project presentations  
14 Mobile/modular units and concepts  

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Mid-terms 1 20
Homework  1 20
Project (Assignment) 1 20
Field survey    
Final Exam (Final Project) 1 40
Contrıbutıon of Final Examination to Overall Grade   40
Contrıbutıon of In-term Studies to Overall Grade    60
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          
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          
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         x  
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       x  
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.       x  
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.          
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 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          
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 3 42
Workload outside the classroom (research and reviews) 14 4 56
Homework 1 9 9
Midterm 1 3 3
Project 1 9 9
Field survey       
Final exam (Final Project) 1 3 3
Total work load      122
Total work load / 25     4,88
ECTS of the course     5