Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


Building on the Level One design studios, this unit engages students in developing and testing theoretical concepts of moderate complexity. Less broad in its contextual concerns, this unit introduces students to the interventions at the scale of regional township or similar. It promotes a developing competence in the understanding and application of architectural strategies, vocabulary and composition based on knowledge of both current practice and precedents (works of architecture as well as drawing typologies). Central to this unit is the instruction on communication techniques used by design practitioners to design and present their projects. Studio programs support the development of skills in simple structures, volumetric composition and spatial planning. The emphasis in the unit is on the application of general principles—students develop three-dimensional realisations of their projects, resolving construction, spatial planning and detailing to a schematic level.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence

Students are able to (1) define architectural problems through analysis of social, cultural and physical context towards the development of a design proposal; (2) make modest design propositions to a developing level; (3) apply technical areas of study in the design process at a moderate level; (4) analyse and interpret building precedents towards a theoretical basis for design; (5) demonstrate graphic communication techniques to aid in the understanding of the proposed design concepts; (6) demonstrate a developing knowledge of architectural terminology; and (7) undertake verbal presentations of design to others.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) one or two interim project assessments and (2) a final folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a final folio component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Lara Pinho
Unit rules
ARLA1000 Groundings Studio (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals
and LACH1000).
ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1.
ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001).
ARCT1010 Drawing History.
ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems (formerly ARCT1030).
and ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250).
Contact hours
at least 8 contact hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.