RIBA Core Curriculum
- Design, construction and technology
- General Awareness
Almost everyone knows that brick is one of mankind’s oldest and most durable building materials. Maybe that is the reason why it is sometimes overlooked in ‘modern’ architecture, despite its countless creative design possibilities.
In this section
- Brick sizes, formats and inventive uses
- Mortar and the impact it has
- Special bricks and their characteristics
- Examples of creative projects
We have seen how:
Brick has developed from being a traditional, plain building material into an innovative, modern and adaptable material providing solutions for the entire building envelope.
Clay brick is a contemporary, sustainable and versatile natural building material, which can be used almost anywhere and for all architectural styles.
A broad selection of colours, formats and surface finishes in combination with different bond patterns and mortar colours allows countless possible designs.
Clay bricks almost last forever and retain their quality and beauty.
On completing this CPD you should have an understanding of the elements that can be used to create beautiful brick buildings:
On completing this CPD you should have an understanding of:
There are many elements that architects can use to create beautiful brick buildings, the brick types, sizes, colours, textures, bond patterns and orientations, as well as mortar joints and profiles will all influence the over aesthetic, but it is the creativity of the designer that really defines a building.
Wienerberger Brick Awards
The Wienerberger Brick Award is an international award acknowledging outstanding brick architecture.
The competition promotes the aesthetic and functional assets that facing bricks, clay blocks, roof tiles and ceramic façade panels have to offer for contemporary architecture.
The use of Wienerberger products is not compulsory for participation!
You’ve reached the end of the CPD. To make sure you’ve taken on board the key learnings of this course, please fill out the quick multiple choice Q&A below. This will certify that you have completed the CPD and provide you with an email certificate, which, if the course is accredited, you can share with RIBA.