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Unit Overview


Structural considerations, materials, components and systems are integral to the design process and outcomes. This unit exposes students to the links between these considerations and design outcomes, developing knowledge to be able to make technically informed design options and appraisals.

Codes, standards and controls also inform design processes and outcomes. Students will understand how these apply to architectural practice and the need for compliance around planning regulations, building codes and standards, climate change impacts, fire safety and universal access.

The unit also addresses the Who, What and How of design documents, considering who the documents are for, what purpose they are meeting and how the communication is delineated in each instance. Students will develop an understanding of the related contexts of accuracy, scale and scope.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate the design impact of material selections, structures and construction systems; (2) assess the suitability of information included in design documentation such as drawings, models, specifications, schedules and construction documents.; and (3) appraise design compliance within statutory and environmental regulatory frameworks.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests and (2) report. 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)
Emily van Eyk
Unit rules
Enrolment in
25520 Master of Architecture
ARCT4430 Architectural Technology, Structures and Services ARCT4440 Project Implementation and Documentation
Contact hours
lectures: 12 hours
tutorials: 24 hours
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

'Acumen', a comprehensive set of advisory notes published by the Australian Institute of Architects, will form the primary text for the unit. This is available through the EDFAA library online.

A list of recommended texts and other resources will be available on LMS.


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  • 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.