Welcome to ARCH 355

Earthquake Resistant Architecture

This course explores the principles of earthquake resistant architectural design. Definition of the earthquake phenomenon, seismic characteristics of Turkey are among the topics covered during the semester. Main focus will be on the material and mechanical properties of reinforced concrete and seismic performance of reinforced concrete structures from an architectural point of view. Common seismic design mistakes made by designers will be explored and methods of avoiding them will be studied. The course will finalize with a series of computer generated parametric models which will help the students visualize the effects of their design decisions in simulated real-life conditions.


Building of the Week 02:

Transamerica Pyramid by William L. Perreira & Associates


Building of the Week 01:

The Wellington Central Police Station, New Zealand by The Ministry of Works and Development