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This subject articulates and tests the idea of architectural design as a process where cultural and technological decision-making are intertwined. Teaching and learning activities focus on analysing technological means associated with design concepts and evaluating the implementation of alternatives in performance-based design scenarios.
Using examples of past to present architectures, this subject shows and tries to assess design propositions through their technological implementation and vice versa. Topics and practical activities are focused on single-dwelling residential and small to medium scale commercial building typologies.
Costs to students :
Students are required to purchase drawing and/or modelling material. Model making costs are approx. $250 per person, including laser cutting and 3D printing fees.
AutoCAD or Rhino3D are recommended software for 2D drafting and 3D modelling. The educational license of AutoCAD is available to students for free. The trial version of Rhino 3D can be downloaded for 90 days. Please note that future subjects in the Master of architecture may require this software, especially the design studios.
Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) can be purchased via a monthly subscription. Students may purchase personal licenses at a discounted price directly from Adobe.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Associate technological implementation to architectural design intent by identifying and applying specific building materials, systems, and components, to produce responsible and sustainable architecture;
- Integrate the basic building performance requirements relevant to the National Construction Code and applicable Australian Standards into the design development process;
- Conduct project-based and industry-relevant research on building materials, systems, components, and implement such research in the development of a coherent design proposition;
- Demonstrate proficiency in interpreting and communicating with methods of technical representation as used by the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.
- Research skills to comply with the project brief and meet building industry standards and codes throughout the implementation of a design project.
- Critical thinking, specifically in the way detailed design is developed consistently with the design concept.
- Critical approach to reading and researching.
- Public speaking or presenting, related to resolving, detailing and communicating an architectural project through diverse project stages.
- Recognising an opportunity to take detailed Global Climate Actions in each design phase, as Global Citizens.
Last updated: 24 January 2023