Tectonic Design: Structure and Construction


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to knowledge obtained in 1. semester of the Master’s program in Architecture

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the project is to develop a preliminary design with a tectonic design approach and to achieve an authenticity of innovative design of structure and the architectural expression by ensuring a continuity and integrity between form, structure and construction. Further the aim is to develop the Nordic craft tradition in relation to the new innovative design of structure, use of materials and means of construction in contemporary architecture.


Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of complex spatial structures, including an understanding of the structural functionality of various construction systems in connection with the architectural ideas behind a project and in relation to context
  • Must have knowledge of tectonic theory and methods and a critical understanding of Nordic architecture, and an aesthetic and technical understanding of the interplay between form, structure, materials and detail in relation to the integrity of architectural design


  • Must be able to make engineering and architectural innovative design of buildings that emphasize the interplay between form, structure, materials and detail in relation to the integrity of an architectural idea
  • Must be able to do performance aided design using parametric design tools for structural and acoustical analysis
  • Must be able to synthesize complex room programs, functional and aesthetic demands, and be able to integrate constructional and tectonic design in a coherent architectonic project solution of substantial quality
  • Must be able to apply critical reasoning to the innovative engineering and architectural design issues that arise through project development and to demonstrate independent thinking and informed judgment


  • Can demonstrate making performance aided engineering and architectural design of a building of high complexity and substantial scale
  • Can prepare a design proposal for a tectonic building of substantial aesthetic, architectural, constructive, structural and functional qualities
  • Can present the project in a professionally competent way by means of relevant media and techniques

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examTectonic Design: Structure and Construction
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTektonisk design: Struktur og konstruktion
Module codeAODATM2TP173
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Technology (Architecture)
Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture and Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design