Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 209 Building Element Design Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
4 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ahmed El Sayed, Assist. Prof. Dr. Deniz Guney, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
[email protected] no email

Building Element Design encompasses all of the issues and programs and is an essential way of approaching building projects. Understanding Building Element Design concepts will enable students to think and practice in an integrated fashion to meet the demands of today\\\'s as well as tomorrow\\\'s high-performance building projects.
To learn the attributes of preferred building materials, including a selection criteria and a three-step process for choosing building products. A matrix of information on construction materials from several building projects that placed an emphasis on achieving environmental benefits is also available.
Analysis, design and integration of building elements. External wall systems (walls in contact with atmosphere and ground), roof structures, Walls, Beams and Panels, Pillars and subconstructions ( Foundation ). Design of building element systems within the frame work of constructional design requirements, criteria and resources.

  1. Introduction to Building Element Design
  2. Structural analysis and structural loads, building codes, load combinations
  3. Loads on Roof structures (designing the roofs)
  4. Loads on Roof structures (designing the roofs)
  5. Loads on structural walls, partition walls and their load (designing the walls)
  6. Loads on the slabs (designing the slabs)
  7. Midterm examination
  8. Designing the frame elements (columns)
  9. Designing the frame elements (beams)
  10. Designing the foundations (shallow)
  11. Designing the foundations (deep)
  12. Structural analysis for the entire building (load transfer through the elements)
  13. Structural analysis for the entire building (load transfer through the elements)
  14. Technical reports and their importance


    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Project
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)20
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Analyze the Load distribution on the building elements
    • Recognize the weakest points of every building element
    • Design and understand the function of building elements
    • analyze the behavior of the structure as a unit, and individual behavior of each element when the loads are applied
    • Structural Mechanics: Loads, Analysis, Materials and Design of Structural Elements, Frank Durka , Hassan Al Nageim , W Morgan , D Williams, 1997.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination50
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0