Course code Arhi1023

Credit points 2

Architecture I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Architecture and Building

Course developer

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Andris Stankevičs


Prior knowledge

Arhi1025, Construction Graphics

BūvZ2047, Building Materials

MašZ2010, Descriptive Geometry, Technical Drawing

Course abstract

The purpose of the object is to study the parts of buildings and design, including details of multi-storey residential, public and industrial buildings, classification, the structure of the building and the general requirements. The main building structures: foundations, walls, divisions, floors, partitions, stairs, roofs, windows, doors and other concepts of design of structural building elements are acquired both in theory and during the design of the course project. The basic principles for the design of multi-storey residential, public buildings are acquired: children's institutions, schools, cinemas and sports structures, as well as industrial buildings

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: Knows the basics of building design. Solutions for public and industrial buildings and construction details – course project.
• Skills: Knows how to design drawings of AR part of construction. Knows how to apply construction terminology. Ensure fire safety standards and requirements. Develop appropriate design documentation in the composition of the sketches or technical design. He/she is able to navigate the offer, suitability and cost of building materials. Knows the characteristics of building materials. Familiar with the essential requirements for public and industrial constructions – course project.
• Competence: Able to design the architectural part of building projects. Capable of evaluating, expertise or approval part of construction projects. Is able to evaluate and follow environmental protection measures – course project, test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Course project task, object selection, volume determination.
2. Calculation of raw data, regulatory basis.
3. Calculation of household premises.
4. Calculation of the thermal engineering of the enclosing structures
5. Preparation of the description of constructive solutions.
a) Base (soil) evaluation
b) Evaluation, calculation of the basic variants
c) Analysis and selection of design scheme variants of the building
d) Analysis and selection of divisions- sees, bus variants
6. Description of utilities.
7. Designing the content and form of course design
8. Designing the content and form of the course's project specifications
9. Designation, technical economic calculations and characteristics of the site plan, performance.
10. Development of graphic drawings
a) Floor plans with room expansion, specifications and detail designations.
b) Cross-sections
c) Division plans with component specifications
d) Roof plan with details
e) Floor plan, specifications
f) Facades with specification of finishing parts
11. Typical assemblies and parts – choice of insulating materials.
12. Calculation, designation and presentation of escape routes in the course design.
13. Presentation, print and paperback of the course. Industry news.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Draft and explain the course project according to the assigned task.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The course project for the public and industrial building should be developed according to a calendar plan issued by the lecturer. On the drawing sheets on the basis of AutoCad should be drawn up a master plan on the topographic plan, two facades, building floor plans, cross and longitudinal sections, foundation, cover and roof plans, at least three construction details. Structural and material specifications. Explanatory note.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The course project has been developed according to the task; calendar; requirements for the design.
The student is able to demonstrate the acquired knowledge, skills and competence by defending the project independently developed.

Compulsory reading

1. Bokalders V., Bloka M. Ekoloģiskās būvniecības rokasgrāmata. Rīga: Domas spēks, 2013. ISBN 978-9984-9961-9-6
2. Noviks J. Ģimenes māja I. Rīga: SIA Tehniskā grāmata, 2006. 272 lpp
3. Noviks J. Ģimenes māja II. Rīga: SIA Tehniskā grāmata, 2007. 272 lpp.
4. Neufert E., Neufert P. Architects' Data. Fourth Edition. Germany: Wiley Blackwell, 2012., ISBN 978-1405192538

Further reading

1. Šterns H.Jumtu nesošās konstrukcijas un segumi. Rīga: Avots, 1992. 158 lp
2. McLeod V. Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture. Laurence King, 2010. ISBN 9781856696418
3. Klanten R., Feireiss L. Build-On. Converted Architecture and Transformed Buildings. Germany: Gestalten, 2009. ISBN 9783899552591

Periodicals and other sources

1. Būvinženieris. Rīga: Latvijas Būvinženieru savienība, 2010.-2020
2. Latvijas Būvniecība. Rīga: Izdevniecība Lilita, 2007.-2020. ISSN 1691-4058
3. Latvijas Architektūra. Rīga: Izdevniecība Lilita, 2006.-2020. ISSN 1407-4923


Compulsory Course for the First level professional higher educational programme “Civil Engineering”