Architecture Degree Programme at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
3rd Year, sem 1, 2023-2024

ST-88E | Architectural Detailing (1)

Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 3

General Information


Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh. Zina Macri
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

Development of the necessary skills for imagining and creating an architectural design that satisfies the users' different needs and exigencies.
The skills to understand contemporary issues in the design of architectural assemblies and details, and the ability to use them in creating sustainable architecture.
Understanding the requirements for different architectural assemblies and understanding a range of good-practice solutions for exterior and interior walls, ceilings, floors and pavements.
The ability to find, to select and to use adequate information for the specific requirements of a detailing design.
Understanding the intricate correlations between the design process, the construction process and the expressive potential inherent in architectural detailing.
The adequate knowledge of technical vocabulary and the correct use of specialty terms.


Introduction on the assessment of design solutions and construction details; selection criteria in architectural design - building materials/finishing systems/architectural details/technology. Performance-Based Building Design. The multiple interactions between the environment and the buildings, and how they impact the design of architecture.
External walls and their environmental control/mediation role within the building envelope.
Specific design solutions for different constructions systems and building materials used for external walls; fair-faced masonry and exposed concrete walls; plastered/rendered walls. Claddings.
Internal/partition walls; dry lining.
Ceilings - the upper enclosing surface of spaces; suspended ceilings; thermal and acoustic added properties, specific materials and architectural products.
Floors and pavements - the lower enclosing surface of spaces; waterproofing, thermal and acoustic added properties, specific materials and architectural products. Transitions and junctions between different floors maintaining the same level, at different levels, with vertical building elements and materials.
The building in relation with the terrain – external walls, pavements, sidewalks.

Teaching Method:

Lectures based on visual presentations - with digital image and/or video support. Free discussion in class.


Final written examination during the exam session / online multiple choice test.


Allen, E., Architectural Detailing. Function. Constructibility. Aesthetics. Wiley, 1992
Allen, E., Iano, J., Fundamentals of Building Construction. Materials and Methods. John Wiley & Sons, 2009 (5th ed.)
Allen, E., Rand, P., Architectural Detailing. Function. Constructibility. Aesthetics. 3rd Edition Wiley, 2016
Berge, B., The Ecology of Building Materials. Elsevier, 2009
Boswell, K., Exterior Building Enclosures. Design Process and Composition for Innovative Facades. John Wiley & Sons, 2013
Brookes, A., Meijs, M., Cladding of Buildings. Taylor & Francis, 2008 (4th ed.)
Dabija, A.M., Sisteme performante pentru fațade. Ed. Univ. Ion Mincu, 2005 (2nd ed.)
Davies, N., Jokiniemi, E., ABCD… Architecture and Building Construction Dictionary. Elsevier, 2008
Deplazes, A., Constructing Architecture. Birkhauser, 2005
Domone, P., Illston, J. [Eds.], Construction Materials. Their nature and behaviour. Spon Press, 2010 (4th ed.)
Herzog, T., Krippner, R., Lang, W., Facade Construction Manual. Birkhäuser, 2004 (1st Ed.), 2017 (2nd Ed.)
Knaack, Klein, Bilow, Auer, Façades. Principles of Construction. Birkhäuser, 2014
Lyons, A., Materials for Architects and Builders. Elsevier, 2007 (3rd Ed.)
Pană, R., Fizica construcțiilor. Higrotermica. Însorire și protecție solară. Ed. Univ. Ion Mincu, 2010
Peck, M., (Ed.), Modern Concrete Construction Manual. Ed. Detail, 2013
Pfeifer, Ramcke, Achtziger, Zilch, Masonry Construction Manual. Birkhäuser, 2001
Tichelmann, K., Pfau, J., Dry Construction. Principles. Details. Examples. Birkhäuser, 2008


The Erasmus exchange students as well as UAUIM students which must take this discipline, are officially registered for it and do not belong to the 3rd year group will get in contact with the 3rd year student representative, to be taken into evidence for the discipline's activities, discussions and exams.
Also, the "ArchitecturalDetailing1/FA.en.3/UAUIM" Facebook group is created for this discipline (please ask to register at, for a better communication between tutors and students.