ARCH 314 - Structures I

Course Description

This course covers the basic principles of architectural structures, including the influence of geometric, sectional, and material properties related to flexure and shear in beam and framed systems; vector mechanics with application to analysis of trusses, catenaries, and arches; diagrammatic analysis of beams for bending moment, shear, and deflection as well as the study of structural framing systems for vertical and lateral loads.


Students are introduced to the fundamentals of statics and mechanics, as well as the behavior of structural materials and simple elements and systems subjected to gravity and lateral loads. Diagramming of force distribution in beams as well as topics of stress, strain and stability are covered. Through classroom demonstrations as well as physical construction and testing, aspects of strength and stability of structural systems are examined.