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Students who successfully complete the subject will understand the different practices, issues and challenges contemporary architects face. Central to understanding the subject is the idea that architectural design and theory are integrated with practice. Students will learn how to evaluate, explain, and explore the dilemmas of architectural practice in the context of the contemporary profession. Moreover, the subject's overarching aim is for students to learn how to identify, nominate and select between complex project pathways. The subject seeks to foster individual students' leadership capacities that will increase the resilience and agency of the future profession.
The subject responds to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA), and the National Competency Standards for Architects (NCSA) that are related to Architectural Practice. These Performance Competencies are set out in the intended learning outcomes of the subject.
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the subject students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of practice management and professional conduct as set out in the National Standards of Competency for Architects ( PC1, PC2, PC3, PC5, PC6, PC7, PC8, PC9, PC10 PC13, PC15 & PC16).
- Identify culturally meaningful architectural services that respect the importance of Country and reciprocal relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
- Explain and identify gender, disability and inclusion issues as they relate to the professional practice of architecture.
- Identify, evaluate and select the various processes and norms leading to clear and consistent communication with clients and stakeholders.
- Explore, explain and investigate risk management and mitigation principles and strategies – across all aspects of architectural practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the professional competencies set out in the National Standards of Competency for Architects related to Design delivery and construction phase services (PC48, PC51, PC54, PC55, PC56, PC57 & PC58).
- Explain and investigate the different procurement models and contract components – including all documents – aligned with a full architectural service across the practice lifecycle.
- Consider future practice, research and innovation as it relates to the strategic leadership of the architectural profession.
Particular attention is given, both in lecture and assignment content, to the development of the following abilities:
- To engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies
- To understand the different modes and protocols of business communication and negotiation.
- To work in small teams and to understand issues of leadership and performance that affect team outcomes.
- To negotiate in different situations and contexts.
- Project management skills.
Last updated: 10 November 2023