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ARCH71-112: Contemporary Theory of Architectural Design and Urbanism January 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject exposes students to the current architectural theories in contemporary practice and academic discourse, which builds upon knowledge that students have acquired during undergraduate studies on the 20th and 21st century architecture within its wider historic context. Critical knowledge of present theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks is based on the selected reading and applied to developing one’s own architectural position. This helps each student to contextualise a future proposal for the Master of Architecture thesis by providing theoretical foundation for the design solutions in each student’s subsequent thesis project. Students will develop an analytical agenda based on relevant themes through readings, precedent/ case study investigations, independent research, speculation, reflection and rigorous analysis of contemporary concepts, compositions, and emerging trends in the discipline of architecture. The coursework is integrated with the concurrent design studio, architectural technology, environmental studies and design communication subjects by producing visual and written analyses related to the topics of these other subjects. The aim of this subject is to develop skills in gathering information from various sources, defining the relevant key concepts and synthesising the existing body of knowledge to support the theoretical foundation of the student’s subsequent thesis project.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH71-112
Subject title:Contemporary Architectural Theory
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 1


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of design procedures, systems and the history of design methods (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.1.i)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of design precedent, critique, analysis and movements in design theory(AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.1.ii)
  3. Demonstrate an ability to engage imagination and to think creatively(AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.2.i)
  4. Demonstrate an ability to inform action through knowledge of architectural design theory and methods(AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.2.ii)
  5. Demonstrate an ability to define a problem and formulate strategies for action (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.1.2.iii)
  6. Demonstrate an ability to gather information and apply analysis and critical judgment (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.2.2.iv)
  7. Demonstrate an awareness of philosophical, cultural and political movements(AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.3.1.i)
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and theory of Western, non-western, regional and indigenous architecture (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.3.1.ii)
  9. Demonstrate an ability to utilise speculation, iteration and reflection in critical discourse (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.3.2.i)
  10. Demonstrate an ability to define personal values systems and ethical positions. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.3.2.iii)
  11. Demonstrate an awareness of issues of national and regional planning and their relationship to global and local demography and resources(AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.6.1.iii)
  12. Demonstrate an ability to effect action or communicate ideas through the exercise of skills of collaboration, speaking, writing, drawing, modelling and evaluation(AIA Tertiary Education Policy 3.7.2..i)


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Annotated Bibliography AT1: Part 1 (Annotated Bibliography and precedent study selection) 10% Week 6 1, 6, 7.
*Class Participation Participation/Engagement 10% Week 12 6, 8, 9, 10, 12.
Oral Pitch AT2: Reading Circle Presentations and final summary 30% Week 12 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12.
Essay AT 1/ Part 2 (research paper) 50% Week 13 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

NO ARCH CLASSES (Architecture subjects start on 15/01 – 17/01 with compulsory attendance in the school-wide design charrette for all architecture students)

Introduction & Art vs. Architecture

Theorising a new agenda for architecture

Poetics of Tectonics

East Asian Spatial Conceptions

Modernist Theories

Postmodernist Theories

Critical Regionalism

Deconstructivist Theories

Architectural Phenomenology

Critical Practice & Critical Theory

Interdisciplinary Theories & Concluding Discussion

Approved on: Oct 30, 2018. Edition: 3.1
Last updated: Dec 6, 2018.