Courses & Units

Representing Architecture KDA151


This Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Representing Architecture unit focuses on establishing key ideas and capacities related to the analysis, processing and communication of aspects of design. Only existing at Introductory level, the unit provide the foundation for practice in Architecture and Design fields.

Representing Architecture introduces representative works from the history of architecture and, through formal and spatial analysis, develops understanding of key architectural ideas and core skills for their visual representation. Ideas include scale, abstraction, figure, ground, solid and void. Skills include observational and analytical sketching; drawing conventions for plan, section, and elevation; orthographic and parallel projection; perspectives. Skills extend to expressive techniques such as collage and photomontage. Assessment tasks will involve the use of both manual techniques and mixed media, as well as digital tools and software. Particular attention is paid the relationship between architectural ideas and representational method. Basic principles of typography, graphic design, and visual literacy will also be introduced to enable the effective use of techniques in combination to convey meaning and affect.


Unit name Representing Architecture
Unit code KDA151
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Visually represent design ideas and buildings by using appropriate architectural methods and conventions.
  • Analyse and interpret a building architecturally by employing graphic techniques to capture and communicate this reading.
  • Identify selected precedents from architectural history and be able to explain the architectural ideas underpinning their significance.
  • Select, combine, and deploy appropriate two-dimensional and three-dimensional methods to convey architectural ideas in conceptually legible and visually literate ways.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040199 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

12 x weekly 60-minute lectures 12 x weekly 180-minute workshops

AssessmentDocumentation (20%)|Expression (40%)|Folio (40%)
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