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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Joely-Kym Sobott
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
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  • 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.