Course handbook


Examines the built environment through the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century period. The architectural theory and philosophy and their relationship to architectural practice and history within major themes will be examined.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify at least ten themes in architectural theory

2. Describe the relationship between each theme and the built environment

3. Articulate a theoretical agenda for design


  • Theory and Practice
  • Phenomenology, Critical Regionalism, Tectonics
  • Semiotics: Structuralism and postmodernism
  • Post-structuralism
  • Feminism, Gender, the Body and Inhabitation
  • Neomaterialism
  • Posthumanism
  • Urbanism
  • Cyberspace, Cyber-bodies and Post-digital Production
  • The Sublime
  • Power


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or Bachelor of Industrial Design programs.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Critical Review - Precis of (3) lecture themes and associated readings

Written Assignment: Theory Essay, Video and Presentation

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks