ARC5201 - Professional practices - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Architecture

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Thom McKenzie


Mr Thom McKenzie

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Professional practices exposes students to the complex and evolving contexts of local and global architectural practice. The unit introduces salient issues of financial dynamics, business management and ethical practices in relation to architecture. Project-based exercises enable students to strategically position themselves within contemporary practice. The unit fosters critical engagements with and entrepreneurial approaches to architectural practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the financial, business and ethical contexts shaping local and global architectural practice;
  2. Gain familiarity with management practices and their application to the development of the built environment;
  3. Have developed awareness of the building industry and alternative methods for procurement;
  4. Have an understanding of professional ethics in relation to architectural practice;
  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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