Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Architecture
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Ross Brewin


This unit culminates the Technologies and Environments sequence with further integration of professional practices. It explores integrated building systems as they relate to architectural design, construction and project delivery. This includes study of principles of integrated design and the implications of these in relation to architectural design, pan-disciplinary collaboration and construction processes and outcomes. Students will be exposed to the multiple requirements and determinants that shape the stages of the professional project cycle. Through project-based exercises, students engage with the professional ethics and practices required for project development and the performative integration of building systems and design intent. Students will understand buildings as a site of collaboration of pan-disciplinary teams of experts and clients, whose input contributes to realisation within technical, legal and economic constraints. The unit also addresses strategies for environmental sustainability and optimisation in design, construction and delivery.


  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of integrative design principles as they apply to architectural design, collaboration, construction, and ethical project delivery
  2. Have developed awareness of the collaborative processes and engagements inherent in architectural production
  3. Have developed a competent understanding of issues of building system integration in relation to architectural design and construction for environmental sustainability
  4. Understand the professional project cycle and the roles and responsibilities of the architect and participants in shaping the built environment. This includes gaining familiarity with the legal responsibilities of the architect in relation to contracts, codes and regulations and building industry procurement methods and practices
  5. Gain familiarity and proficiency with advanced methods of collaboration and visualization for the integrated design of buildings
  6. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 contact hours per week and 8 hours of independent study or equivalent.

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Chief examiner(s)


ARC3101 or permission