ARC4130 - Technologies and environments - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Architecture

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Hannah Robertson


Ms Hannah Robertson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Admission to Master of Architecture


Delivered in conjunction with ARC4032, this unit explores structure as it relates to architectural design and construction. This includes study of materials, component and fabrication systems, structural principles and the implications for architectural design. Direct physical testing and manipulation of materials and structural systems will be used to understand and assess applications in architecture. A range of structural behaviours will be addressed in response to optimisation and material efficiencies as well as their relationship to design intent. The unit also examines strategies for environmental sustainability in relation to structure design and construction.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand and discuss basic physical and structural concepts and principles as they pertain to different materials;
  2. Apply and assess basic structural principles to architectural design and construction;
  3. Critically analyse issues of material properties and construction processes in relation to structural system design;
  4. Examine issues of environmental sustainability in relation to structural system design;
  5. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study, or equivalent.

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