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Unit Overview


This unit assesses both the evolution and contemporary application of design thinking. The approach is human-centred and collaborative. It starts by asking 'what is design thinking?' and explores both the philosophy of design and the ethical issues associated with contemporary design challenges. Design as a way of thinking is approached through understanding the context, asking the right questions, and integrating creative and rational strategies in generating and applying appropriate solutions. This approach to problem solving is inherently heuristic, i.e. it is creative, iterative and practical in both its process and application. Design research and methodologies are examined and contemporary design practice is investigated using case studies drawn from a wide range of design disciplines and with particular relevance to architecture.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Architecture A major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the importance of design philosophies and both the personal and cultural values which underpin them; (2) demonstrate appreciation of the contemporary ethical challenges associated with design; (3) use a variety of creative design strategies; (4) utilise a range of research and design methodologies in tackling a number of design challenges; and (5) demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively on project based design challenges integrating multiple perspectives, skills, disciplines, experiences and knowledge.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) verbal presentations; (2) digital submissions; and (3) final folio. 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)
Assistant Professor Kirill de Lancastre Jedenov
Unit rules
ARCT2000 Architecture Studio 2 (incorporating former IDES2001 Design Communication)
or ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making (incorporating former IDES2040 Future Making)
or IDES2001 Design Communication
or IDES2040 Design Studio—Future Making
IDES3010 Advanced Design Thinking
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week
seminars: 2 hours per week
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  • 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.