ENCI658-16A (C) Any Time Start 2016

Special Topic: Architectural Engineering: Integrated Design

15 points
21 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2016


This course will allow students to develop an understanding of architecture and architectural design principles, and how they can be applied to the collaborative model of professional engineering design.

ANYTIME START means:  A course that starts outside the normal semester dates.  Check the timetable below for actual teaching dates.

Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is for graduate engineers to develop an understanding of architecture and architectural design principles, and how they can be applied to the collaborative model of professional engineering design.

The following topics will be covered:

 Collaborative Practice
 Examining Precedent: Dialogues with History
 The Integration of Architectural and Engineering Design Principles
 Conceptual Design
 Developed and Applied Design and the Logic of Detail
 Space, Atmosphere, Environment, Place Making
 Total Design: Sustainability and Regeneration
 Advances in Design Technology

Currently there is little teaching on architecture and the built environment, and little emphasis on engineering as a design practice. The intention is to expose engineering graduates to core architectural design concepts, and to teach methods of collaboration at concept design stage between structural engineers and architects. The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission recommended that architects and engineers work more closely together and collaborate at concept design stage on complex buildings. This course will prepare graduates to work within this developing model and to be effective design engineers.

A studio workshop atmosphere will be encouraged, with individual participation and some research. Leading practitioners will also participate, providing professional insight through discussion and case studies.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, students should have an understanding of

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Integrated design
  • Integration of engineering and architectural elements
  • Architectural principles, elements, theory
  • Architectural planning
  • Design strategies
  • Generation of design concepts
  • Developing design details
  • Holistic design
  • The Living Design Challenge
  • Advances in design technology

    and how key concepts can be observed through research and applied to a project. They will also gain skills in design thinking, integrated thinking, and collaborative team work.


Subject to approval of the Director of PG Studies.

Timetable Note

This course is run as two 2 day block courses:

21-23 March and 9-11 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tim Nees


Patrick Clifford (Architectus) , Paul Roper-Gee (Beca) , Chris Welch (ProductSpec Ltd) , Grant Taylor (Caduceus Systems Ltd) , Grant Douglas (MOA Makers of Architecture) , Patrick Arnold (ECubed) , Chris Kelly (Architectural workshop) and Alistair Cattanach (Dunning Thornton)

Course communication

All communication with the class will be through classes and email. Appointments must be made in advance to consult the lecturer in his office outside of class times.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final assignment 30%
Midcourse research assignment 30%
classwork 15%
Participation 10%

The assessment for this paper will comprise – midcourse research assignment (30% of total grade), class work (15%), participation (10%) final assignment (30%).

To achieve a pass, the student must achieve a mark of at least 40% in each of the two research projects.

All assignments and exercises must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted, unless exceptional circumstances have been communicated to the course coordinator in advance.


Course Materials:

Electronic copies of course materials will be made available through Learn once the material has been delivered in the classroom.


Architectural Engineering: Integrated Design is a postgraduate block course offered for the first time in 2015 and being repeated in Semester 1 2016. It has been developed by Architect in Residence Tim Nees, and is supported by the Ada Rutherford Trust and the Warren Trust. The course is limited to 24 students and is aimed at engineering and architectural graduates interested in creative and collaborative practice as applied to the built environment.

The course is split into two complementary sections – three full days from 21-23 March and three from 9-11 May. The course has been designed to be delivered in a workshop/discussion format, with some formal lectures. A number of guest speakers from industry will contribute to the course through short presentation sessions. Two research assignments will be set, one at midcourse and one at the end. There is no exam.

Overall, three themes have been threaded through the course: Integrated Design; Collaboration; Creative Thinking. The course aims to provide postgraduate civil and structural engineers, and architects, with an understanding of, and ability to participate in, a collaborative creative working environment in respect of the design and delivery of projects in the built environment. It will focus on the concept of integrated design, from both a design and performance point of view. Key points will include historic precedent; architectural design methods and principles; the role of drawing and representation; developing design strategies and details; material qualities; spatial qualities; place, landscape and environment; the collaborative practice; Holistic Design and the Living Design Challenge; advances in design technology.

The desired outcome is for students to be conversant with these themes and their importance to the improvement of the built environment, and to be comfortable applying them through creative collaboration in order to develop appropriate and effective design solutions.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,018.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 6 people apply to enrol.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 24

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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  • ENCI658-16A (C) Any Time Start 2016