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Architectural Building Systems

An introduction to architectural systems through an understanding of building science and technology. The class will survey strategies of designing appropriate building assemblies and primary systems that provide safety and comfort to occupants while supporting the integration of these systems with an architectural perspective. All major building systems will be surveyed; structure, building enclosure, water and power systems, interior environmental heating, cooling, and ventilation, and conveyance. Fundamental concepts in physics, thermodynamics and material science will constitute the foundation for designing assemblies, selecting systems and evaluating performance. Required class for both undergraduate majors and graduate Master of Architecture candidates.