Course detail

Introduction to the Traditional Building Trades

FAST-AG029Acad. year: 2020/2021

Implementation of development building trades from oldest time to the present clarifying conventional building processes with accent on the historic skilled handwork into detail.
Knowledge is useful either in area restoration of monuments or for understanding contemporary technologies and possible solutions of design details from point of view both architectural and building constructions.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will manage the goal of the subject, i.e. extended knowledge acquired in subject Building construction, where is supplement to understanding of historic context and building trades.


Subject uses knowledge acquisition in subjects Building construction and History of architecture and it is preparation for following subjects Traditional building trades and Detail in architecture.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Short development of building trades and their position from the very beginning to close 19.century, relation between industrial production and crafts, renewal of building trades in 19. century.
2. Craftsmanship, material, instruments and machinery, technologies. Man and environment.
3. Wood Science, macro and micro structure of wood, wood defects, hygroscopy and drying of wood, conditions of durability, appropriate application of wood, recognition of sorts of wood.
4. Carpentry - material, technology, special branches, construction of structural work of the building.
5. Carpentry and joinery - mutual comparison of manufacturing, building joinery works.
6. Joinery - technology, cabinetmaking, turners, carvers.
7. Bricklaying and stonework - mutual comparison, historical development, material, instruments and tools, bricks and brickmaking.
8. Bricklaying and stonework - building constructions and technologies.
9. Bricklaying and surface of constructions - plasters, stucco, patent stone, painting, tiling, mosaic.
10. Bricklaying and stonework - floor and paving, materials, instruments, technologies.
11. Roofs and tinsmith´s workshop - materials, tools, technologies.
12. Smithery and metalworking - comparison of the work of smith, locksmith, girdler. Materials, tools, technologies.
13. Stove building - fire, oven, fireplace, stove.


Subject extendes knowledges acquire in subject Building construction, where is supplement to understanding of historic context and building trades.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-C-APS (N) Bachelor's

    branch APS , 3. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

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