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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 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,010
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,140

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 opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022