Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

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 Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.