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Unit Overview


This unit is concerned with the interrelationship between structures and sites. It provides students with constructional and site manipulation knowledge in relation to architecture and landscape design; an understanding of generic practices in the construction of traditional and contemporary buildings, landscapes and site works; and the applicability of environmentally conscious design in the context of constructed environments.

The unit will also address indigenous cultural connections and rights in relation to land, basic drawing techniques, basic technical terminology and an understanding of materials.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand basic structural principles in architecture and landscape design; (2) apply techniques for recording contextual information about sites and buildings on the basis of environmental, topographic, cultural and historical factors; (3) illustrate how built elements are constructed and how this information is conveyed in a drawing; (4) compare and contrast the fundamental properties of building materials, such as where they come from, how they are used, and their essential structural properties and materiality in the context of environmental design; and (5) make informed and appropriate structural, material and grading decisions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project 1 SITE - Measurement and Analysis; (2) project 2 STRUCTURE - Measurement and Representation; and (3) project 3 OCCUPATION - Model and drawings. 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)
Lara Pinho
Unit rules
ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems
Contact hours
3 hours per week (Lecture / tutorial)
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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  • 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.