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Academic Year/course: 2017/18

519 - Master's in Architecture

69206 - Innovative materials in Architecture

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
69206 - Innovative materials in Architecture
Faculty / School:
110 - Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura
519 - Master's in Architecture
First semester
Subject Type:

5.1. Methodological overview

The methodology followed in this course is oriented towards achievement of the learning objectives. A wide range of teaching and learning tasks are implemented, such as lectures, practice sessions, problem-solving, case studies, laboratory sessions, visits, seminars by professionals, and an academic essay.

5.2. Learning tasks

The course includes the following learning tasks:

  • A01/A02 Lectures, case studies,and seminars given by professionals (organised by the Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering department) (22 hours).
  • A03 Laboratory and practice sessions (6 hours)
  • A04 Visits (2 hours). Visits to companies or Materials Centres/Institutes/Museum that are relevant to the field of architecture.

5.3. Syllabus

The course will address the following topics:


  1. Introduction: Innovative materials in Architecture
  2. Metals and light alloys: Stainless Steels, CorTen Steels, Titanium, Aluminium, Copper and its alloys, Zinc...
  3. Plastics: Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers, foams, textile architecture…
  4. Polymer matrix composites: matrices and fibres. Laminates, sandwich elements…
  5. Glass and ceramics
  6. Smart materials. Uses and applications in industry and Architecture

Laboratory and practice sessions

  1. Selection of materials: problems and use of CES (Cambridge Engineering Selector) data base
  2. Testing of materials
  3. Management of commercial catalogues or informative sheets of innovative materials

5.4. Course planning and calendar

Further information concerning the timetable, classroom, office hours, assessment dates and other details regarding this course, will be provided on the first day of class or please refer to the EINA website.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources

The course’s bibliography is kept updated and is consulted at the Library website (search for recommended bibliography on

  • Material Architecture: Emergent materials for innovating buildings and ecological construction, J. Fernández, Architectural Press (2006).
  • Arquitectura y construcción,  Dimitris Kottas, Links books, (2012).
  • Smart Materials and Technologies for achitecture and design professions, M. Addington and D. Schodek, Architectural Press (2006).
  • Materiales para Ingeniería 1: Introducción a las propiedades, las aplicaciones y el diseño, M.F. Ashby/D.R.H. Jones, Editorial Reverté, (2008).
  • Material Innovation: Architecture, Andrew H. Dent, Leslie Sherr, Thames and Hudson (2014).
  • Materials for Architects and Builders. Arthur Lyons, Taylor and Francis Group (2014).
  • Revista TECTONICA: monografías de arquitectura, tecnología y construcción.
  • MATERFAD: Centro de Materiales (Barcelona): Base de datos de materiales.
  • MATERIA: Global network in the area of innovative materials
  • Software Cambridge Engineering Selector (2000).