This unit (NBD2001) provides an introduction to the diverse developments of world architecture from the pre-historic settlement to the late twentieth century, examining the theoretical, historical and cultural contexts of the discipline. The unit also explores to influential architectural projects, theoretical writings and design practices from across this period. Students will examine these influences on Australian architects, the developments of movements within this country to develop a foundational knowledge of the world and Australian architectural history.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse key world architectural works, cultural movements and ideas, their theoretical and cultural context and relate their relevance to design;  
  2. Review and investigate a selected range of social, cultural and political factors to evaluate how they have shaped Australian architecture.  
  3. Professionally articulate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written means; and  
  4. Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgement on a wide range of architectural problems and situations.  


Individual portfolios and reports which provide evidence demonstrating that the learning outcomes for the subject have been achieved. The assessment material will include three major section as listed below that illustrate the importance of architecture in history, skills in abstract thinking and visual communication and skills in three-dimensional 'spatial' problem solving and model making.
Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Case study and presentation 20%
Portfolio Architectural Analysis and Presentation 20%
Test Tests 35%
Report Team Report on History of Architecture and presentation 25%

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