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Hobart, Launceston


Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Theory units focus on establishing and enhancing students’ capacity to think with clarity and rigour to ensure solid bases for research inquiry and design practice. At Intermediate level, these units provide foundational understandings of the history and lived spaces of architecture and built environments. This unit is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of B.ABE and the Spatial Design practice specialisation in the Bachelor of Design.

Architecture Theory: Built Environments explores key political, cultural and social themes and their relation to the production and inhabitation of the built environment. A series of thematic lectures introduces you to ideas and precedents in spatial design disciplines across a range of scales and a breadth of historical and cultural contexts. You will extend your understanding of histories and theories of the built environment through critical debate with peers and experts and focused inquiry into related and differentiated precedents along themes of personal interest. Based on your selected topic of inquiry, you will explore design implications through interpretation of ideas, objects and spatial environments in relation to your own field of disciplinary specialisation through formal, spatial and material investigations.

Summary 2021

Unit name Architecture Theory: Built Environments
Unit code KDA235
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Georgia Lindsay

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Interrelate key political, cultural and social themes in relation to the production and inhabitation of the built environment.


Interpret historically and culturally situated ideas and objects through formal, spatial and material investigations.


Curate a selection of related and differentiated precedents within a focused design inquiry.




KDA143 or KDA144


Teaching Pattern



AT1 – Debate (25%)
AT2 – Speculations: Interim Peer Presentation (35%)
AT3 – Portfolio (40%)

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