The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course considers public architecture and the public space it creates. The architectural projects within the studio: analyse and evaluate the requirements and objectives of the brief; explore the application of architectural theories and processes; resolve design issues relating to resilience, occupation and functionality; evaluate factors influencing sustainability; and document the integration of construction systems and materials consistent with the project brief.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse and Evaluate the requirements and objectives for public Architecture.

2. Integrate and creatively explore architectural theories and processes.

3. Resolve architectural design issues concerning the project brief, the occupation of public space and its spatial requirements.

4. Prepare a design incorporating consideration of resilience and sustainability for public architecture.

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


  • Architectural theories, processes and precedents for the design of public architecture.
  • Analysis and evaluation of public space.
  • Architectural design methods to resolve the functional and spatial requirements of a public building.
  • Factors influencing the resilience and sustainability of public architecture and public space.
  • Partial documentation and resolution of construction systems, materials and detailing appropriate for public architecture.


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

Assumed knowledge

ARBE2220 Architecture Studio 3

Assessment items

Project: Public Space Research

Project: Architectural Proposal

Project: Architectural Documentation

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 13 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 78 hour(s) per Term Full Term