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Unit Overview


This unit looks at the issues involved in architectural design development and is taught in two concurrent streams. The major stream involves each student taking a selected sketch design from a previous design studio folio, and consistently, over the course of the semester, developing specific aspects and spaces within the scheme to a much greater resolution of detail and architectural meaning. The selected spaces are developed through numerous studies at a minimum scale of 1:20, looking at architectural intent, materials, structure, building sequence, integration of structure and services, expression of program, fenestration and weathering. The second stream is a series of lectures which looks at the embodiment and expression of architectural theory and intent in a number of significant buildings from the twentieth century. In a similar vein, students then revise their own work in the manner of two selected architects by employing the architects' theories and methods in their own previous design work. Again, this is done through numerous studies at a scale of 1:20. Both streams are submitted as a compiled folio for assessment.

6 points

Students extend their knowledge of both architectural detailing and the nature of architectural ideas. The process and depth of architectural sensibilities are found, studied and taken into a student's work. Principles of order, hierarchy, sensibility to materials, construction techniques and processes, and finishes are further developed through investigation and drawing. A deeper knowledge of some of the most significant buildings of the twentieth century is gained through the combination of lectures and personal detail design work.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a presentation and (2) folio submission. 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)
Associate Professor Andrea Quagliola
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 2 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.