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ARCH71-112: Contemporary Theory of Architectural Design and Urbanism


This subject exposes students to the current architectural and urban theories in contemporary practice and disciplinary discourse, which builds upon knowledge that students have acquired during undergraduate studies on the 20th and 21st century architecture and urban planning within their wider historic context. Knowledge of contemporary theoretical and conceptual frameworks is intended to inspire creative topic development for a forthcoming Master of Architecture Design Thesis in developing one’s own architectural position. This helps each student to contextualise a future proposal for the Master of Architecture Design Thesis by providing theoretical foundation for it through readings, precedent/ case study investigations, speculation, reflection, critical thinking and rigorous analyses of relevant concepts and emerging trends in the discipline of architecture and environmental design. The goal is to acquire 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 each student’s subsequent design thesis project.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,960
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,010

Learning outcomes

1. Define one’s own theoretical position and related concepts in terms of design methodology. 2. Demonstrate knowledge of current architectural, urban, social, ethical, environmental, regional, cultural, or other relevant theories. 3. Gather information and apply that to critical thinking and informed analyses, including correct referencing. 4. Communicate the outcome of reviewing existing body of knowledge in written, oral, and visual means. 5. Put forward a convincing argument within the disciplinary discourse.

Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021