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Unit Overview


This unit reviews the technical, compositional and theoretical knowledge developed in the three years of the Bachelor of Environmental Design. Emphasis is placed on the application of concepts to the design of specialised building projects. Typical programs might include multiple-unit housing, institutional buildings and projects of a cross-cultural nature. Students are expected to respond with conceptual clarity and rigour of execution, and are required to approach design operations in a professional manner, handling the full range of design considerations. Projects are pursued to a developed stage demonstrating the integration of the diverse areas of architectural knowledge in a thoroughly resolved design proposition. This includes an understanding of the various technical aspects of built form: construction, services, climatic control and site planning. However, while the above is of great importance, the architectural idiom is primarily concerned with an invitation to participate in the structure, balance and ordering of form. Architects' responsibility is tested within the territory of creative work, wherein they acquire the means of expression to imbue vision with visibility. Visibility in this sense is tangible embodiment in line, in light, in rhythm. This is not merely a question of developing expertise in graphic representation and the various technical disciplines. Student are expected to contribute to the architectural debate with an informed and authentic voice.

12 points

Students are able to (1) reconcile divergent factors and integrate domains of knowledge in the articulation of an architectural proposition; (2) execute to an advanced level sophisticated architectural propositions; (3) integrate the technical and environmental areas of study in a complex architectural proposition; (4) implement sophisticated social and ethical sensibilities in the architectural design process; and (5) articulate cogent architectural propositions verbally and graphically at an advanced level.


This comprises a folio submission.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Patrick Beale
Contact hours
studios: up to 9 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.