81637 - Introduction to Architectural Engineering t

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Building Engineering (cod. 9199)

Learning outcomes

The course aims at giving methods and technical skills to understand the buildings from the technical, functional, and morphological point of view.

At the end of the course the students will be able to know the main construction and environmental principles of the buildings, and split up the building system into technological units and technical elements, knowing the materials and the functions related to each of them.

The course offers the basis for the following phase of building design.

Course contents

Historic masonry buildings: building principles, types of masonry, timber floors, timber roofs, timber trusses, arches and masonry vaults.

XX century framed buildings: elements of the theory of elastic structures, reinforced concrete frames construction, foundations, horizontal structures, opaque and transparent claddings.

Decomposition of the building system. Building requirements and performances.

Current construction systems: ordinary masonry and reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete construction, timber building construction. Vertical and horizontal building enclosures, internal partitions.


Lecture notes available on the Internet site of the course.

General bibliography in the field of Architectural Engineering (Architettura Tecnica):

- Caleca L., Architettura Tecnica, Dario Flaccovio Editore, 4° ed., 2000.

- Dassori E., Morbiducci R., Costruire l'architettura, Tecniche Nuove, 2010.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures.

On-site visits and related exercises. (to be confirmed in relation to the COVID situation)

Meetings with companies and related exercises.

(teaching methods in classroom and/or on-site in relation to the COVID situation)

Assessment methods

Verification of exercises.

Final written test.

Teaching tools

Power point presentations.

Digital archives. Internet sources.

Sketch Up, Autocad, PAN7

Office hours

See the website of Luca Guardigli


Good health and well-being Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.