VU22465 - Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

Unit code: VU22465 | Study level: TAFE


This unit specifies the outcomes required to apply the theories and principles of design to the design of buildings. It must be applied to both residential buildings (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9), of Type B construction. It requires the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information on the history and elements of architecture and their influence on current practice. It includes developing a design response, which meets the requirements of a project brief, and communicating a final design solution to relevant stakeholders.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. However, this unit forms part of a minimum qualification requirement for registration with the Victorian Building Authority as a building designer (architectural).


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

  • questioning techniques to identify and confirm requirements and share information with stakeholders;
  • communicate a design solution;
  • read and interpret: design briefs; construction drawings and specifications; Australian Standards; relevant sections of the National Construction Code and research material, including architectural literature;
  • use language and terminology relevant to building design and architecture;
  • document research on the influences of global architecture and design principles;
  • produce freehand and enhanced sketches for the interpretation of a design or of architectural features;
  • apply design principles within regulatory requirements;
  • respond to the challenges of irregular shaped sites;
  • resolve construction and design issues with regard to structural systems and site context;
  • incorporate functionality and aesthetics into a built form;
  • evaluate historical and conventional design principles with modern practices and methods;
  • develop a design response according to the project brief requirements for stakeholder consideration;
  • analyse information on world architecture and its principal characteristics; the works of recognised architects and designers and complete design response within allocated time frame;
  • the development of own knowledge and understanding of global architecture and design trends;
  • to consult with client and other stakeholders, and;
  • work safely in a design drafting working environment according to legislation and workplace policies and procedures.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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