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ARCH71-125: Materials and Methods


This subject will introduce a range of concepts and intuitive levels of understanding of fundamental construction materials, the methodologies involved in their making and application in basic construction systems.  

Principles in the consideration of material employment, such as embodied energy, wastage, environmental impact, ethical manufacturing practices, structural integrity, economy, efficiency, thermal mass, durability and maintenance are explored.  In addition, the experiential qualities of weight, colour, surface, reflectivity, luminosity, transparency, opacity, translucency, resonance and solidity are also investigated.

Output is focused on collaborative methods of craftsmanship in both 2D and 3D outcomes including the physical construction and assembly of materials and systems utilising the Architecture Fabrication and Research Workshop.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,140
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an acute awareness of material types and a critical understanding of sustainability, technical and physical factors on application and manufacture.
2. Demonstrate understanding of basic construction systems including methods of assembly.
3. Ability to verbally present and represent construction and technical assemblies with 2D and 3D communication techniques.
4. Ability to experiment, test and trial various conceptual ideas using a variety of media and methods.
5. Ability to work collaboratively and contribute constructively to a team environment.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020