anatomy of structures course


Technology module: 2nd year of MARCH Bachelor's Degree
Daria Kovaleva — Architect, Research Associate at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart
Valentin Grudsky — Structural engineer at Werner Sobek Moscow
Vadim Veremchuk — Architect at Werner Sobek Moscow
Jonas Kappes — Structural engineer at Werner Sobek Moscow
Sergey Pshenichny — Structural engineer at Werner Sobek Moscow
Abdu Abidi — Structural engineer at Werner Sobek Moscow

The second-year course is dedicated to expanding and confirming the collected knowledge gained in the first year of study through practical and theoretical exercises and seminars.
Ex-cathedra theoretical lectures are aimed at revisiting the basic terms learned in the first year and applying them to more complex systems in processes. In addition, students will be introduced to new terms and principles, problems, and ways to analyze and solve them. Some of them are: principal stresses and their directions, the choice of the structural system, material, etc. Some of the lectures will be devoted to further introduction to building physics, sustainable development, and MEP systems, as well as some aspects of the organization of the design and construction process.

Practical sessions focus on materials and their applications: wood, metal, concrete, and other materials suitable for modeling. The workshops are organized as a series of hands-on sessions, consisting of 2 parts: workshops with a tutor/supervisor and individual work. One seminar is dedicated to digital modeling and simulation in civil engineering.

The second semester is partially devoted to general work with the "Architectural Design" module, as a result of which coordinated engineering and architectural solutions are selected for the final annual project of the students.

Students are expected to continue to work on the A4 Handbook and its updates, and to compile separate diaries/reports of practical and one-to-one lessons. The assessment is based on the individual performance and efforts of the student, the quality of the seminar results, the quality and strength of the presentation and related reports.