Courses & Units

Architecture Theory: The Canon KDA241


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. Architecture Theory: The Canon focuses on the development of core knowledge and critical understanding of the canon of Architecture. Through lectures, self-directed research and interactive seminars and workshops you will explore, discuss and critique the relationships between the objects of architectural production and their historical, cultural and discursive position. You will develop knowledge of key precedents, their historical position within the canon of Architecture, and the basis for their canonical significance (including associated debates). The relationship of these debates to contemporary positions will be critically explored. By undertaking focused research on a specified topic in architectural history, you will develop skills in critical inquiry and techniques of academic communication employing appropriate conventions in written, verbal and visual formats.


Unit name Architecture Theory: The Canon
Unit code KDA241
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Associate Professor David Beynon
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify precedents and their location within the chronology of the canon of Architecture
  • Interrelate the objects of architectural production and their historical, cultural and discursive position
  • Articulate a critical position informed by focused inquiry into a specified topic in architecture and design history and theory
  • Situate architectural ideas by applying academic conventions within written, verbal and visual communications

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
040101 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr lecture weekly, 1 x 1-hr seminar weekly, 2 x 3-hr studios

AssessmentResearch documentation (30%)|Seminar presentation (30%)|Visual Essay (40%)
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