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Architectural Practice (ABPL90140)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90140
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The course is intended to introduce students to and cover the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. (AACA) National Competency Standards for Architects (NCSA) related to Architectural Practice.
The NCSA covers a wide range of learning objectives related to Architectural Practice. This includes acquisition of Knowledge and Skills and the application of this knowledge and skills in the following NCSA units.
Unit 1: Design Project Briefing (Elements 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.5); Unit 2: Design and Pre-Design (Elements 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3); Unit 3 Design: Conceptual Design (Elements 3.1, 3.4 & 3.6); Unit 4 Design: Schematic Design (Element 4.4); Unit 5 Documentation: Detailed Design (Element 5.3); Unit 6 Documentation: Documentation (Elements 6.2 & 6.4); Unit 7 Project Delivery: Procurement (Element 7.1); Unit 8 Project Delivery: Construction Stage (Element 8.1); Unit 9: Practice Management: (Element 9.1, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7 and 9.8).

Intended learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the course students should be able to demonstrate:

  • A knowledge of the Australian architectural profession including its professional norms, ethics, registration pathways, and regulatory contexts;
  • A knowledge of how to instigate, develop and operate appropriate practice model in a business context;
  • Skills in preparing feasibility and fee proposals by choosing and costing various architectural services for different types of building projects;
  • The ability to communicate in writing to clients the specific legal and ethical aspects of architectural services in a given project situation. In particular those related to: Negligence, Contract Responsibilities, Insurance, Planning and Regulatory Issues, and Copyright and Intellectual Property;
  • The ability to analyse situations in order to prepare for and develop appropriate tactics in different procurement, selection, tendering and negotiation contexts;
  • Commensurate with the student’s individual architectural experience. To anticipate, manage and propose solutions for the project risks that might arise in the architectural practice lifecycle;
  • A knowledge of future practice, research and innovation as it relates to the architectural profession;
  • A knowledge of gender and cross-cultural issues as it relates to the professional practice of architecture.

Generic skills

Particular attention is given, both in lecture and assignment content, to the development of the following abilities:

  1. To anticipate and solve problems within the context of architectural practice.
  2. To understand the different modes and protocols of business communication and negotiation.
  3. To work in small teams and to understand issues of leadership and performance that affect team outcomes.
  4. To negotiate in different situations and contexts.
  5. Project management skills.

Last updated: 27 July 2019