Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 437 Architectural Structures II Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 2 130

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adnan Novalić, Assist. Prof. Dr. M.Sc. Adnan Novalić, PhD Cand. Adnan Novalić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Introduction to the fundamental theories about relationships among architectural design and technologies. Course examines structural systems and constructions to provide understanding of use of these systems on architectural form. The course will explain structural and building elements: floor and floors construction and vertical communication in buildings-stairs.

The main objective of this course is to introduce the students to the interdependence of architectural program and the structural system in the dimensions of function, aesthetics and optimization. Introduction to the basic terminology, principles and elements of design and materialization of the roofs in buildings with massive structural walls.

  1. Review of previous year / semester- introduction to semester’s topics
  2. Flooring-overview, types, floor construction and floor finishes.
  3. Flooring-overview, types, floor construction and floor finishes.
  4. Introduction to Staircases -
  5. Vertical communication-stairs, Classification
  6. Concrete Staircases
  7. Wooden Staircases
  9. Metal Staircases
  10. Roofs- flat roofs, terminology, types
  11. Roofs- sloped roofs, terminology, types, wood construction roof
  12. Analysis of simple wood roof, structural trusses
  13. Wood roof, purlins construction, details of overhang, roof eave, gutter, flashing.
  14. Sloped roofs and vertical ventilation and chimney. Structural characteristics and details.
  15. Review of the semester. Analysis of topics and examples.

  1. Introduction
  2. Studio: Assignment
  3. Studio: Assignment
  4. Studio: Assignment
  5. Studio: Assignment
  6. Studio: Assignment
  7. Studio: Assignment
  8. Studio: Assignment
  9. Studio: Assignment

  1. Studio: Assignment
  2. Studio: Assignment
  3. Studio: Assignment
  4. Studio: Assignment
  5. Studio: Assignment
  6. Studio: Assignment

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Class Deliverables40
Total: 40
Learning outcomes
  • The course will provide introducton to the significance, assumptions, applications, and limitations of the basic principles of roofs and materials as they apply to the design.
  • Understand basic structural elements and systems.
  • Solve and draw basic structura
  • J. E. Gordon, Structures: Or Why Things Don\\'t Fall down,2003
  • Francis D.K. Ching, Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design, 2014

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
Preparation for Final Examination12020
Assignment / Homework/ Project14040
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 130
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5