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Unit Overview


Continuing from Architectural Practice 1 and 2, this unit extends into the latter stages of design delivery and construction phases. It introduces students to contract documentation packages, contractor selection, building contracts, and post-occupancy evaluation. The unit proceeds through analysis of documents as well as site visits to completed architectural works and those still under construction. It focuses on emergent forms of procurement, quality assurance, risk management, project delivery, contract administration, as well as the relationship between schematic design, realised project, and critical review through post-occupancy evaluation.

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

Students are able to (1) outline and appraise the roles, responsibilities, ethical and legal obligations of the architect in the delivery of a project and in the processes of architectural practice; (2) analyse and differentiate the types and key mechanisms of contracts in relation to project design, documentation, delivery and contract administration; (3) evaluate contemporary and emerging building procurement methods and their application to project delivery, including contractor selection; (4) contrast the briefing and schematic design phases of a project with documented, constructed, and post-occupancy architectural outcomes; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of document management, quality assurance, professional and formal communications.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests and (2) 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 Kate Hislop and Emily van Eyk
Unit rules
ARCT5801 Architectural Practice 1: Initiation
ARCT4461 Architectural Practice
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.


  • 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.