The Architecture major teaches students to apply design thinking, develop creative solutions, and imagine future environments for living, working and playing. Students will learn to leverage exponentially increasing digital capabilities to solve problems for an age of environmental change, rapid urbanisation, and global flows of people, materials and capital.
Design lies at the heart of the architectural process and is underpinned by an expertise in technologies for representing imagined environments in 2D and 3D (analogue and digital), an understanding of technologies of building (structural and material systems, building science and environmental systems), and a knowledge of precedents from history (architectural, landscape and urban). Consequently, the major is hinged around a spine of design studios which are supported by a sequence of subjects that teach skills in representation, technologies, and histories of design. Students are engaged in varied learning contexts that include lectures, tutorials, digital learning environments, site visits, a fabrication workshop and a research library where ideas, skills and knowledge can be learned, shared, debated, and tested.
In addition to the generic attributes of the Bachelor of Design graduate, graduates of the Architecture major should be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to test and refine design propositions though a process of iterative reflection, creativity, critical review and problem solving
- Ability to present, validate and promote design proposals in a public setting, and accept critique in a constructive manner
- Understanding of location, site and precedent, and an ability to position design propositions within a physical, historical, social and cultural context
- Competency in a range of communication skills and techniques including verbal, written and digital visual strategies, in order to communicate a variety of conceptual, experimental and sensory design intentions
- Ability to integrate relevant pragmatic and technological issues of the architectural project (climatic, budgetary, programmatic, structural, etc.) with the creative design issues of the architectural project