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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
3rd Year, sem 2, 2023-2024

ST-89E | Architectural Detailing (2)

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

ArchDet2 evaluation procedure 2023-2024.pdf


FA-E ST-89E Architectural Detailing (2).pdf
Technical Sciences
Course Leader:
conf.dr.arh. Zina Macri
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

Developing the necessary abilities 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: dry walls/interior drylining; fair-faced masonry and concrete; stairs and ramps; terraces as part of the thermal envelope of the buildings.
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.


I. Drywall systems for interior use. Lightweight interior cladding, mechanical installation. Principles for building and finishing lightweight drywalls made of composite panels (gypsum board, cement-based panels) with metal or wooden framing. Principles for building wood lining/wainscoting; traditional vs. modern systems.
Ceilings, suspended ceilings - materials; fixing systems; complementary functions. Ceiling suspension systems. Principles for constructing and finishing the visible face of suspended ceilings: with continuous smooth soffit / modular systems with visible joints. Ceilings with acoustic properties.
II. Fair-faced structures: load bearing/non-load bearing masonry; exposed reinforced concrete elements.
III. Principles for designing stairs and ramps in construction; fundamental theoretical elements.
Functional requirements according to current legislation. Materials and specific, current assemblies for stairs, handrails, balustrades. Principles of architectural detailing for parapets and balustrades in accordance with quality requirements provided by national and international legislation.
IV. Principles for constructing flat roofs/terraces as part of building thermal envelopes. Fundamental theoretical elements. Quality requirements for designing thermally, hygro-, and energetically efficient roofing. Roofs with waterproofing; main components; traditional and modern materials and assemblies.

Teaching Method:

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


Assessment during the semester activity (20% as an average from the evaluation of questions answered in class) and final written examination during the exam session by online multiple choice test (80%).


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Boswell, K., Exterior Building Enclosures. Design Process and Composition for Innovative Facades. John Wiley & Sons, 2013
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Brotrück, T., Roof Construction, Birkhäuser, 2007
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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 "ArchitecturalDetailing/FA.en.3/UAUIM" Facebook group is created for this discipline (please ask to register at ), for a better communication between tutors and students.