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

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
5th Year, sem 2, 2023-2024

ST-59E | Sustainable architecture

Optional Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 2


Regulations Sustainable Arch 2024 en.pdf


Technical Sciences
Course Leader:
lect.dr.arh. Daniel Armenciu
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

The discipline aims to acquire a general knowledge of sustainable design, in order to prepare the student to cope with the challengings of the following years regarding the evolution of the international phenomenon of sustainability in the field of architecture.


The knowledge the students come in contact with will be applied to the "Sustainable Architecture Optional Design Studio" subject. Thus, they will acquire effective sustainable design skills, that will guide them towards conceptual and technological choices, adapted to the current realities with which the contemporary architect works. The major objective of the two disciplines is to create a personal critical method of analysis and interpretation of the context in which an intervention is to be inserted, thus generating a sustainable, compatible architecture.
The attendance at some courses of external guests, coming from the professional environment, research or non-governmental organizations, active participants in the current phenomena of the field, offers the opportunity to familiarize the students with the professional reality in Romania.

- Concepts of sustainable development in architecture;
- Sustainable approach to architectural design; Bioclimatic design;
- Use of alternative energies; ("solar architecture", "green architecture", "zero energy building" etc.)
- Human comfort;
- Spatial conformation of buildings;
- Supporting technologies for sustainable buildings;
- The behavior of buildings’ envelope in relation with the environment;
- Policies for the implementation of energy efficiency measures;
- Green Building certification systems;

Teaching Method:

The way of organizing the lectures is meant to be an interactive one, involving the active participation of the students. Starting from the general notions that introduce the course topics, cumulative specific notions are added.


Obtaining credits related to the discipline involves going through the scheduled activities during the courses and obtaining a minimum mark of 5 (five) as a final result of the following type of evaluation:
Final summative evaluation - Elaboration, in team (3-4 students), of a theoretical paper, which would justify the sustainability of the intervention of the project elaborated in parallel to the discipline “Optional Project of Sustainable Architecture”.

• For having access to the exam, it is mandatory to attend 50% of the course activities.
• Students who previously failed the exam may be reexamined without complying the mandatory attendance condition, only if they have complied this constraint before.
• The final mark is rounded according to the university regulations.
• Cases of fraud (copying / plagiarism) are noted with 1.
• It is compulsory to submit the examination paper of the session.
• Reporting of errors regarding the final marks or possible consultations can be made within one week after the results being displayed.


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