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Light, Sound, Surface is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas, principles and practices in spatial and built environment design disciplines.

In this unit you will explore the use of light and sound in the creation of diverse spatial environments. Through structured activities, field observations and precedent studies you will investigate the physical and experiential properties of light and sound and their interaction with spaces and surfaces. You will be introduced to a variety of analogue and digital methods and techniques for visualising, evaluating and communicating lighting and sound designs. Applying this knowledge to a topic of your own interest, you will undertake a speculative design inquiry exploring the transformational effects of light, sound and surface within a particular spatial context.

Summary 2020

Unit name Architecture Technology: Light and Sound
Unit code KDA243
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


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



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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Articulate the physical properties of sound and light and their relation to surface.
ILO 2: Manipulate sound, light and surface to create diverse spatial experiences.
ILO 3: Use analogue and digital processes to visualise, evaluate and communicate lighting and acoustic designs for spatial environments.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree core knowledge)
E&C: Students experiment with, and manipulate phenomena and materials to transform human experience in correspondence with cognition and perception; assessed via spatial design and installation (AT3)




KDA139 and KDA141 and KDA143 or KDA144


Teaching Pattern

Workshop - 3-hr x weekly


AT1 – Logbook (40%)
AT2 – Precedents: Analysis & Graphic Presentation (20%)
AT3 – Transformations: Spatial Design Task (40%)

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