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Unit Overview


This unit provides a basis to understand the relationship between contemporary architecture and its historical background. Building on the Level 1 survey units, it examines key periods and works in late nineteenth and twentieth-century global architecture, landscape architecture and urban design from the reformist movements of the late nineteenth century to the contemporary period. The theories and work of designers are discussed in relation to the major themes of modernism—industrial revolution, abstract formalism, expressionism, utopianism, the relation of architecture and ideology, functionalism, regionalism, environmental science and regional landscape planning, and recent reactions to modernist orthodoxy. The unit is intended to provide a useful introduction to important design philosophies of relevance to the contemporary culture of architecture.

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

Students are able to (1) obtain an understanding of the key themes and developments in modern architecture, from its development in the late nineteenth century through the subsequent critiques of the Modern Movement to more recent emerging global and regional trends and (2) gain experience in the articulation and presentation of architectural concepts in relation to the evaluation of architectural projects and develop skills in communicating effectively through written submissions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial exercises; (2) essay; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nigel Westbrook
Unit rules
ARCT1010 Drawing History
and ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001 Art, Technology and Society)
Contact hours
3 hours per week (lectures: 1 hours
tutorials: 2 hour)
  • 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.
  • 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.