Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


The intent of this unit is to provide a community-based design and construct project that provides students with a real-world opportunity to address a design brief, deal with a real client and learn to interpret and respond to regulatory design standards in a real-world setting. The program's focus is to explore design through a 'learn by making' approach that includes the appropriate use of materials, form and function and considering the structural rigour necessary for provision of public architecture. Students develop, present and refine designs that respond to a real project brief. The design review process considers factors such as fit for purpose, expression/exploration of materiality, understanding of weathering effects on wood, junction and fixing imperatives and the proposal's ability to be transported whole or in sections to site for installation. In conjunction with skills and techniques associated with designing with timber, expanding design drawings into a buildable structure through accurate timber detailing is a key element of the unit.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) gain an improved understanding of timber's aesthetic and material qualities along with its structural potential and limitations; (2) explore timber-oriented design processes based on a real brief and client; and (3) gain workshop, material and on-site construction experience.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short written assignment; (2) presentation; (3) plans and models of proposed design; and (4) partipation in final construction. 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 Kate Hislop
Unit rules
Approved quota: 44—students in their final 24 points will be given priority enrolment, and then selection will be based on academic merit.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Materials required for Architectural option unit (estimated cost - $30-$70 per semester).
Contact hours
36 (workshops: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks)
  • 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.