Master of Science in Building Construction Management: Sustainability and Efficiency

Become a qualified professional in architectural and urban design specialised in sustainability strategic criteria and be the key to the improvement of land modification

History, design and structural analysis

1. Descriptive data of the subject: 1.1. Code: MAE 09. 1.2. Type of subject: Optional 1.3. Teaching: Semester 1.4. ECTS credits: 8 (S1) 1.5. Responsible teacher: Gemma Muñoz Soria 1.6. Language: Spanish
Type Subject
Previous Knowledge

- University graduates: architects; technical architects; building engineers; engineers of roads, canals and ports; public works technical engineers; civil engineers; construction engineers; industrial engineers (technicians and superiors), etc.
- Other university graduates: with experience in the sector of structures, project, calculation and execution.


Transmit to students knowledge and analysis tools that allow them to understand the current structures by relating them to the different techniques used throughout history.
Ability to design a structure from the perspective of architectural and sustainable design adaptable to each unique case. For this reason, it is necessary to know, in an intuitive way, the influence of the forms of the structural typology, of the types and magnitudes of the efforts, and depending on these, of the possible dimensions of each element, which can initial design for aesthetic or economic reasons.

- To study intensely the structures in all their phases, as well as other related doctrines.
- Know and analyze the binding aspects between the architecture and the structures, to give answer to a perfect combination of these in the architectural projects, as well as a greater solution of constructive details adaptable to all type of works.
- Advise on structures related to other technicians related to construction.
- Extend the theoretical knowledge through various and numerous practical examples, from the beginning of the project to its implementation in finished work.
- Initiate a first potential development in the research activity.


· Introduction
· History of Structures and their calculation methods.
· Emblematic structures
· The diversification of construction regulations.
· History of construction, the emergence of new materials in the twentieth century.

· Typology of building structures
· Design of building structures - choice of structural system
· Typical typologies outside Spain
· Consideration of the planned actions
· Predimensioning criteria

· General concepts, strength of materials: stresses and deformations in isostatic structures, analysis of beams and hyperstatic gantry.
· Methods of analysis: the matrix method of deformations, nonlinear analysis, finite element methods
· Durability
· Elasticity and plasticity

· The project
· Organize
· Execution, control and direction of works of architectural structures
· Maintenance

It deals with the need to study previous structures, to learn from other examples or even from other mistakes. In addition, emphasis will also be placed on such an important issue as structural design, forgotten over time, currently obtaining many structural processes with a lack of both architectural and structural design.

History of structures
Master classes to try to understand the technical reasons of the structures coming from history, distant, close or immediate, to be able to apply them to current techniques.

structural design
It is intended to give the necessary criteria to choose the most appropriate structure for different cases in the building.

structural analysis
It is intended to delve into the essential methods of the Theory of Structures and Strength of Materials, as well as its methodological instrumentation through various computer programs for calculating structures, through the planning and resolution of case studies.

Structural development
The aim of this subject is to apply all the knowledge acquired in a real structural project. Therefore, the necessary sections of a project will be explained, as well as the organization and execution of the work. Subsequently, the subsequent maintenance actions to be carried out will be affected.


Workshops 26 35
Individual or group studies and work 78 25
Presentations, communication activities 52 60
Site Visits 26,100
Assessment activities 26 70


Group or individual work 40.0
Public presentation of works 20.0
Class participation 20.0
exams 20.0

The main load of study is work to be developed by the student, and then its public presentation, to increase the safety of the student and provide him with exhibition tools, necessary for the daily work of the student. 'structural specialist.
Likewise, the participation in class will be evaluable, since the interest of the student is one of the most important points to improve the dynamics of group.
Finally, a conceptual examination of the theories acquired during the master classes will be carried out.

Evaluation Criteria
Basic Bibliography

Torroja Miret, E. Reason and being of structural types. Higher Council for Scientific Research, 2004.
Heller, R. and Salvadori, M. Structures for architects. NOBUKO, 2005.
Heyman, J. The Stone Skeleton. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Zalewski, W., and E. Allen. Shaping Structures: Statics. New York: Wiley, 1998.
J. E. Gordon. Structures or why things don't fall apart. Squid editions, 2004.
Levy, M., and M. Salvadori. Why Buildings Fall Down. New York: Norton, 1992.
Mainstone, R. Developments in Structural Form. 2nd ed. Boston: Architectural Press, 2001.
Rabun, J. S. Structural Analysis of Historic Buildings. New York: Wiley, 2000.

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