ARCT2050 Environmental Design

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit engages with environmental systems and strategies for sustainability in architectural design and construction. It introduces students to environmental design principles and how these relate to global, regional, urban and site-specific contexts, architectural design, construction processes and outcomes. The unit focuses primarily on the relationship between environmental systems and design intent. Firstly, it contextualises environmental design from the global scale (global environmental challenges, energy and atmosphere) through regional and city scales (urban context, land use, water, ecology, waste and site planning) to the scale of building (materials, resources, health, energy and comfort). Secondly, the unit introduces principles of passive design and historical and emerging technologies associated with the response to environmental challenges. Topics for exploration and analysis may include urban contexts, site planning, energy, materials, water and waste.
Students are able to (1) develop a competent understanding of issues of environmental sustainability in relation to architectural design; (2) demonstrate a basic understanding of environmental design principles as they apply to architectural design and construction; (3) become more versed in the context and language of environmental design and building; (4) start anticipating the environmental consequences of what they design; and (5) competently complete set tasks, critically interpret, reflect and review information and clearly communicate results and findings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) case study report; and (3) analytical report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Fernando Jerez
Unit rules
ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems or ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 2 hours per week
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  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.