ARCT3030 Construction

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Architecture B major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit is the culmination of the technology sequence in the Architecture major. As such, it is thought of as an extension and further development of ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions. Through a similarly analytical methodology it introduces students to construction techniques of greater complexity, with an emphasis on architecture as an integrated manifestation of structure, body, skin and building services.

Topics include architectural and structural analysis, materials and sections; fire services and safety; hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems, and the types and applicability of constructional systems to different architectural expressions.

The unit generates an understanding of the integration of structures and services in medium- to large-scale buildings. The vehicle for this is the combined effect of weekly lectures and workshops. Lectures investigate and critically analyse a number of selected buildings highlighting architectural, structural and technical aspects that pertain to different materials and construction techniques. They also illustrate specialist drawings produced by consultants, including structures and services. In the workshops students conduct an analysis of selected buildings, to identify the relationships between architecture, space, structure and technology. Such analysis evolves weekly through progressive reviews with a tutor at each workshop and it culminates in two submissions during the semester.
Students are able to (1) develop an ability to read, analyse and understand buildings at different levels of complexity and depth; (2) develop awareness of the role of the various building components, their hierarchy and the relationship between structural and non-structural elements, their design and behaviour; and (3) develop an understanding of the design and construction sequences, and the relation between design, services and structure.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a two-dimensional analysis of a selected building focusing on a significant structural bay and (2) a three-dimensional analysis of a selected building focusing on a significant structural bay. 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 Andrea Quagliola
Unit rules
ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions and ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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