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Unit Overview


This core unit requires students in their final 48 points of the Master of Architecture to prepare a comprehensive package that demonstrates their reflective and integrative expertise across a range of design, theoretical, technical and professional subject areas.

Students are required to produce a substantial portfolio comprising (i) a design project from a previously completed Master of Architecture studio, which may be further refined and resolved to a developed level in this unit; (ii) a detailed component of this design project, exploring, defining and annotating an aspect of its construction, material and/or environmental technology, etc; (iii) a written exegesis of approximately 1000 words describing the design project (and possibly its detailed development) in terms of concept, methodology, theoretical influences, contextual and other formative factors; and (iv) a professional report addressing the ways that the portfolio project (as well as other experiences in the Master of Architecture program, where applicable) demonstrates relevant aspects of architectural competency, such as relating to client/user requirements, financial considerations, ethical questions, and so on.

The emphasis in this unit is on the development and demonstration of students' capacities to engage with a number of learning areas and experiences and synthesise them in a holistic way. Portfolios afford students an opportunity to both reflect critically on their learning and demonstrate professional aptitude.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate design development, resolution and communication skills; (2) investigate and incorporate into a developed scheme detailed understanding and communication of construction, material and environmental technologies; (3) evaluate and engage critically with a range of subject areas, especially as they inform the project within the portfolio; (4) demonstrate reflection and application of the areas of professional knowledge, skill and competencies that apply at the masters level; and (5) demonstrate a high level of integrative ability in the organisation and presentation of the portfolio.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) interim presentation (for formative feedback only) and (2) graduating folio package. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Gemma Hohnen
Unit rules
Within the last 48 points in the Master of Architecture.
ARCT4430, ARCT4440, ARCT4461 Architectural Practice, ARCT5101, ARCT5201
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week—students access online lectures and attend seminar presentation sessions each week
  • 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.