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ARCT4461 Architectural Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
This unit introduces students to the broad set of roles, activities, contexts and documents that are common to the everyday practice of architecture in Western Australia. Legal, technical, ethical and social issues are addressed alongside the creative and professional enterprise of architects. The stages through which a project progresses are presented in relation to important contractual mechanisms and key concepts of procurement, as well as the participants and stakeholders involved in projects besides the architect: client, consultants, contractors, authorities, building users and the general public. As a way of tangibly illustrating the fundamentals of practice, weekly sessions are framed around a key document that plays an essential role in influencing, regulating and shaping the practice of architecture, its built outcomes, and the communication between participants. The documents include the Project Brief, Client-Architect agreement, Metropolitan Region Scheme, Town Planning Scheme Text and Map, Development Applications and Building Contracts. As well, the National Standard of Competency for Architects is discussed as the core mechanism underpinning the assessment of architectural competence in Australia.
Students are able to (1) develop familiarity with the process of architectural practice (as exemplified in various modes and scales of practice and in regard to local, national and international projects); (2) demonstrate understanding of the types and key mechanisms of contracts in relation to project design and delivery; (3) identify the major documents that shape and influence architectural practice in Australia; (4) gain experience in the formulation and management of project design teams, project research and professional oral presentation; (5) articulate the important roles, responsibilities, ethical and legal obligations of the architect in practice; and (6) identify the major documents that shape and influence architectural practice in Australia.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) debrief group project; (2) architects documents: interview/video project; and (3) in-class quiz. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hislop
Unit rules
Contact hours
face-to-face seminars: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks (in preparation for these seminars students are required each week to do 1-2 hours prior study of resources which is available on the Learning Management System)
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

'Acumen', a comprehensive set of advisory notes published by the Australian Institute of Architects, will form the primary text for the unit. This is available through the EDFAA library online.

A list of recommended texts and other resources will be available on LMS.


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