ARCT3010 History and Theories of the Built Environment

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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
  • Level 3 elective
This unit accounts for historical developments and theory guiding design decision-making in architecture and the built environment. It highlights the evolution of conceptual frameworks that underscore many of the choices designers face today. It promotes ethical understanding whereby the study of decision-making and choices position the designer-architect as a creative agent.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the contexts (historical, social and political) in which design decision-making occurs; (2) demonstrate informed design decision-making, mindful of the value systems and choices conveyed by design media (representations), architectural movements and polemics, and contextual circumstance such as heritage, community and political dynamics; and (3) demonstrate an understanding of design as guide to self-fashioning, ethical conduct and the conveyor of civic virtues (ie, designers are also citizens).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay; (2) tutorial active learning exercises; and (3) a final examination. 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)
Professor William Taylor
Unit rules
ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture (formerly ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Art and Architecture)
Contact hours
Lectures/tutorials: up to 4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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