This unit specifies the outcomes required to undertake complex architectural projects for residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and/or commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes consultation with a client to prepare a project brief and the development and presentation of a design concept that meets the requirements of the brief and relevant legislative requirements and codes and standards. It requires the preparation of all necessary documentation and the development of a critical path management diagram. It requires thorough knowledge of the BCA, relevant Australian Standards and local authority regulatory requirements.

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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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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: - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements and share information with internal/external personnel; - read and interpret: relevant legislation; Australian Standards and relevant sections of the National Construction Code; - use language, terminology and concepts appropriate to industry conventions; - communicate design concept to client and other stakeholders and liaise throughout project; - sketch preliminary design solutions and presentation drawings using a variety of media and different techniques; - prepare documentation to an accepted industry standard; - ascertain local regulatory requirements; - identify key stages of design and construction process; - coordinate work from consultants into architectural documentation; - compare tender processes; - develop design solutions that meet client requirements; - negotiate amendments to the client brief; - coordinate the team members in the development of documentation and their work output; - produce presentation materials and contract documentation using a variety of computer software; - coordinate own responsibilities and complete tasks according to project schedule and accepted timeframes; - coordinate work from other consultants, and; - work safely in a design drafting working environment and on a site according to legislation and workplace policies and procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relevant legislation, including: Building Act; Building Regulations; Planning and Environment Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act/Work Health and Safety Act; Domestic Buildings Contracts Act; Building and Construction Security of Payment Act; Environment Protection Act and Regulations; Disability Services Act; Health Act and Regulations and Heritage Regulations; - relevant sections of the BCA; - state and local regulatory requirements; - legal responsibilities of building designers; - sustainable building practices; - essential safety measures for buildings; - construction materials and finishes; - construction and structural principles; - design theories and principles; - workplace procedures and documentation requirements for building project administration, and; - digital software used in the production of presentation materials and documentation.

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