The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course considers public buildings and the needs of major institutional clients, building users and the general public.

The architectural projects within the studio: analyse and evaluate the client's requirements and objectives; explore the application of architectural theories and processes; resolve design issues relating to occupancy and functionality; evaluate factors influencing project costing; and document the integration of construction systems and materials consistent with the project brief.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Ability to analyse and evaluate a client's requirements and objectives for a public building on a particular site.

2. Integrate and creatively explore architectural theories and processes within a schematic design.

3. Resolution of architectural design issues concerning the project brief, building occupancy, functional aspects, spatial requirements and circulation.

4. Prepare a design incorporating consideration of project costing for a public building

5. Demonstrate, in architectural documentation, a knowledge of construction systems, materials and detailing for a public building.


  • Architectural theories, processes and precedents for the design of a public building.
  • Analysis and evaluation of a client’s requirements and objectives for a public building.
  • Architectural design methods to resolve the functional and spatial requirements of a public building.
  • Factors influencing project costing for a public building.
  • Partial documentation and resolution of construction systems, materials and detailing appropriate for a public building.


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

Assumed knowledge

ARBE2220 Architecture Studio 3

Assessment items

Report: Brief Analysis

Project: Schematic Design

Project: Architectural Documentation

Project: Developed Design

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 x 1 hour sessions for this course


Face to Face On Campus 54 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 x 3 hour studios - one studio for the beginning of the week with at least one day in between the two studios.