ARCT5588 Westralian Architecture

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit comprises a series of lectures sketching the historical background of architecture and, to a lesser extent, the planning of towns in Western Australia from 1829 to the present. Running parallel to the lectures is a series of tutorials and site visits concentrating on the processes of the architectural production which have taken place since 1829. There is some choice in the selection of topics within this range. Examples are the assimilation of principally English ideas and architectural models during the early years of settlement (1829 to 1860s), the dramatic change of architectural expression during the 1890s, and the application of radical ideas from 1950 to the 1960s.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the history of architecture and town planning in Western Australia; (2) demonstrate an understanding of historical building practices; (3) gain knowledge of the available resources for the study of architectural history; (4) have an awareness of the influence of ideas on architecture and town planning; (5) gain knowledge of how influence operates in the context of Western Australia; (6) have an ability to research in the area of architectural history; (7) read, interpret and analyse architectural documentation and works of architecture; and (8) develop technical skills in writing architectural history.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research project (30 per cent)—students research nominated buildings and architects and are awarded an individual mark based on thoroughness and completeness of research (80 per cent) and clarity of the presentation of the research (20 per cent) and (2) an essay project (70 per cent)—students choose a historical topic and are awarded a team mark based on originality of discussion of the topic (50 per cent), adequacy of research needed to support the discussion (30 per cent) and clarity of the presentation of the essay (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Simon Anderson
Contact hours
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
This unit includes site visits.

Pitt Morison, M. and White, J. Western Towns and Buildings: UWA Press 1979


Molyneux, I. Looking Around Perth: Wescolour Press 1981

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