Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Architecture and Arts :: Architecture ( Integrated Master)

Versao Portuguesa

EDIFICAÇÕES - 2018/2019

3º curricular year
Semestralidade: 1st semester
ECTS: 3,5


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutora Carla Carvalho
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutora Carla Carvalho

Class type and School hours

Teórico-prática : 4 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

- Acknowledge that architecture is in fact essentially structural and built;
- Acknowledge that construction of architecture is carried out through
the coordination and harmonization of various subsystems, varying in time and space,
often different, incoherent and even antagonistic to each other;
- Students should acknowledge the importance of an informed design by a critical and ethic attitude towards the relation to society and the environment.

Specific Aims/Objectives

- Train students to understand the reason for constructive forms of architecture, both traditional and contemporary;
- Train students to understand the systems of light type construction;
- Train students to understand the systems of detailed design;
- Train students for an architectural design informed by an awareness of feasibility and constructive forms proposed.

Skills to be acquired

- Understanding and representation, both through two-dimensional and three-dimensional means, the two most important constructive means.
- Understanding and representation, both through two-dimensional and three-dimensional means, of the consistency between architectural form and its constructive materialization.

Teaching Procedures

Lectures and practical classes, with explanation and discussion of the program and development of practical work.


1.1 – Brief historic overview
1.2 - Typological Characterization
1.3 - Constructive System, its elements and materials
1.4 – Foundations: types
1.5 – Exterior Wall in masonry or wood structure: main and secondary structure, its elements, finishes, waterproofing
1.6 – Floors: elements, structure, flooring, ceilings
1.7 – Roof: types, elements, structure, waterproofing, finishes
1.8 – Inside Wall, types, elements, structure, finishes
1.9 – Interior Stairwell: structure, elements, finishes
1.10 – Exterior Windows: importance of the characterization and study of windows, its structure, finishes, glasses and hardware
1.11 – Interior Windows : importance of the characterization and study of windows, its structure, finishes, glasses and hardware

Evaluation Type

In the practical classes the students will produce works where they will apply the knowledge acquired at the theoretical classes and will be encouraged towards a permanent investigation activity of discovery. The evaluation will be continuous and permanent. The fundamental evaluation moments instituted will be accomplished: Assessment test and Final Exam. This evaluation will complement the one of the practical works.

Teaching Resources

The specific evaluation criteria are:
- ability to solve the practical problems presented;
- ability of critical analysis and synthesis;
- research capacity and autonomy;
- ability to use, at the practical exercises, concepts covered on the theoretical classes


Oporto’s Bourgeois House
Constructive System
Structural System

Main Bibliography

Author CHING, Francis e ADAMS, Cassandra
Title Building Construction Illustrated - ISBN: 0-471-35
Edition 3.ª
Place Nova Iorque
Editor John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Year 2001
Author FRAMPTON, Keneth
Title Introdução ao Estudo da Cultura Tectónica - ISBN:
Edition 1.ª
Place Lisboa
Editor AAP – Contemporânea Editora
Year 1998
Author BEHLING, Sophia e Stefan
Title Sol Power: La Evolución de la Arquitectura Sosteni
Edition 1.ª
Place Barcelona
Editor Editorial Gustavo Gili
Year 2002

Complementary Bibliography

Author FREITAS, Vasco Peixoto
Title Reabilitação de Edifícios do Centro Histórico do P
Author MENDES, Manuel; PORTAS, Nuno
Title Portogallo, Architecttura, gli Ultimi Vent´anni_ T