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Unit Overview


This unit introduces a series of tools for the analysis of sites and the production of design speculations within them. There is an emphasis on testing, assessing, and refining design speculations continually before implementation. Digital design tools and skills will be introduced as a means to critically examine the shifts in technologies affecting conceptual and practical aspects of the design process. Students are given the opportunity to verbally present their work within the studio, and to give and receive critique throughout the semester.

The main objective is for students to explore the design process in a collaborative environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between architecture and site. This is within the context of contemporary issues affecting design, including ecological impact, sustainability and emerging technologies.

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

Students are able to (1) comprehend and model existing contexts in a detailed manner; (2) make conceptual architectural proposals of modest complexity; (3) propose, appraise, and test the merits of design propositions in an iterative process; and (4) develop ecologically innovative concepts as a component of design proposals.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) interim project assessment and (2) 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 final folio component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Jennie Officer
Unit rules
ARCT1150 Architecture Studio 1 ARCT1010 Drawing History ARCT1011 Early Modern Architecture ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation ARLA1030 Structures and Systems ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making, IDES2040 Future Making
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).
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
studios: at least 9 hours per week
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  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.