Not currently offered

Course handbook


Introduces issues associated with architecture and urbanisation and specifically living and working environments with high occupation density and hybrid, complex programmes within cities. The course addresses relevant economic, environmental, political, regulatory, socio-cultural and technical contexts. Architectural theories and strategies are developed to respond to conflicting contextual and environmental constraints on design. Through progressive research, discussion and critique, students develop and present theoretical frameworks and project proposals using 2 and 3 dimensional media that integrates architectural design, communication, technical detail, environmental consideration, creativity, construction and theoretical knowledge.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Prepare and present a rigorous design proposal

2. Develop and maintain a theoretical framework for architectural design

3. Present written, verbal and visual concepts and ideas

4. Demonstrate creativity and originality in architectural design


  • Introduction and history of urban building complexes and associated social, cultural and occupation density issues
  • Key strategies in housing
  • Diagrams and concepts
  • Planning and circulation
  • Podium and ground-plane design
  • Residential layouts
  • Technical design, detail and materials in multi-rise buildings
  • Conceptual ideas and thinking related to site qualities and issues
  • Structure and Egress
  • Environmental strategies

Assumed knowledge

ARBE3220 and ARBE3221

Assessment items

Presentation: Concept Design (oral presentation)

Project: Schematic Design

Project: Detail and Technical

Project: Final Design