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Unit Overview


Level 5 design units are taken sequentially and are available in either semester. These units represent the culmination of a university education in the discipline of Architecture. Studio projects may vary in scale and complexity, from domestic to urban; however, they are all capable of incorporating the full range of knowledge and skill required for the conceptualisation and realisation of a fully resolved architectural proposition. Level 5 studios demand complete schemes, taken to a developed design stage incorporating program formulation, site planning and spatial organisation. In addition, it is expected that students demonstrate a thorough grasp of the various technical aspects of building design including construction, services and detailing. The making of things, and specifically the making of architecture, carries with it the burden of cultural responsibility. Level 5 studios are intended to promote and encourage individual architectural identity on the basis of technical competence rather than as a consequence of it. For many students, Level 5 offers the greatest opportunity for the architectural experiment to take place—to propose what might be rather than what is, without the inevitable degree of compromise which professional practice entails.

12 points

Students are able to (1) define personal values systems and ethical positions in response to complex architectural project requirements; (2) resolve at a professional level architectural propositions of substantial complexity; (3) integrate to a professional level advanced technical and environmental knowledge in the resolution of an architectural proposition; (4) incorporate the breadth of professional concerns affecting the design process; and (5) deploy the full range of architectural communication skills at a professional 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
Unit rules
ARCT4401 Architectural Design 4b and (ARCT4400 Architectural Design 4a
or ARCT4403 Architectural Design 4a—Complex Buildings
or ARCT4405 Architectural Design 4c—Complex Buildings).
Refer to Master of Architecture (coursework) (25520) Rule 4 for the progression rules relating to design studios.
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.