Course handbook


Prepares students to enter the profession of architecture. The course framework has been developed to support the transition from an architecture student to a professional architect.

An elective project is the vehicle that allows students to integrate, illustrate and justify an architectural solution in response to; the architectural type, a client's brief, the site strategy, the relationship the building has with the environment, and architectural history, theory and criticism.

The theme is Problems of Architectural Practice.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify key issues of a selected building type.

2. Establish a brief with a selected client.

3. Select a site appropriate for the project.

4. Develop a strategy for the development of the site.

5. Articulate a relationship that the building has with the environment.

6. Integrate the history, theory and criticism of architecture within diagrammatic and schematic proposals.

7. Communicate and defend complex design proposals.


  • Architectural precedent analysis
  • Key issues of building types
  • Brief preparation and analysis
  • Site selection, analysis and strategy
  • Conceptual design
  • Schematic design
  • Relationship with the environment and sustainability

Assumed knowledge

ARBE4220 and ARBE4221

Assessment items

Project: Site Diagram

Project: Concept Design

Project: Schematic Design

Project: NCCA Compliance

Contact hours



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


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


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

Critique for 8 hours for 3 weeks Site Studies Module 12 hours (3 weeks x 2 hour lectures, 3 weeks x 2 hour workshops)