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Unit Overview


Good design does not just happen—it is purposefully and carefully undertaken by skilled practitioners, valued by clients, and needs to be protected through delivery of the project. The procurement of a well-designed building starts with the appointment of a quality design team and the subsequent organization and management of the design process through to construction completion. Some approaches to the management of design can make it challenging to deliver quality outcomes particularly when design teams lack agency in the decision making process. One powerful way to help safeguard this is for good design to be ‘enforced' through policy, particularly at a state and/or federal level. In Western Australia the state has embraced a principal planning policy (SPP7 Design of the Built Environment) which sets a framework for achieving good design. Practicing architects and designers are now required to demonstrate to peers how their designs perform against 10 key principles of built environment quality.

This unit introduces the state design policy and the process of design review which is an increasingly important part of design practice. Guest lectures and case studies are used to illustrate the strategies used in relation the design quality principles in achieving quality design outcomes.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) differentiate between the different design quality principles used in the evaluation of architectural projects in Western Australia; (2) interrogate and explain the impact of design review on design quality of built environment projects; and (3) demonstrate understanding of the relationships between delivery of design quality and the process of design review undertaken in response to State Planning Policy.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short tutorial paper and presentation and (2) a report, including a case study. 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)
Dr Anthony Duckworth
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
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