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Architecture Theory: Contemporary Contexts KDA338


In this unit, students will grapple with contemporary theories and contexts, and how Architecture as a profession and as a product responds to those ideas. Students will begin by interrogating Critical Architecture theories, developing an understanding of where architecture theory has been and where it is now, and how theory relates to discipline and practice. From that foundation, students will use Tasmania as a case study and lens through which to investigate social, political, cultural, and ecological contexts in this post-colonial era. Throughout, students will gain awareness of how to work effectively with colleagues through in-class work, assessment tasks, and reflection exercises. At the end of the unit, students will have a toolkit for understanding how architecture as a discipline can interrogate, reify, dismantle, and respond to the social, political, and ecological contexts of the 21st century.

This is one of a stream of Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Theory units, which focus on establishing and enhancing students’ capacity to think with clarity and rigour to ensure solid bases for research inquiry and design practice. At Advanced level, the units concentrate on building understandings of and attitudes towards the present and forecasted futures of Architecture and your role in the field and profession.


Unit name Architecture Theory: Contemporary Contexts
Unit code KDA338
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Georgia Lindsay
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate critical architecture theories that inform professional practices
  • Appraise post-colonial ideas and ecological conditions as a context for design interventions
  • Create varied artefacts using a balance of words and images to communicate critical issues’ impact on design
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 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Teaching Pattern

13 x weekly 60-minute online modules, 13 x weekly 180-minute workshops

AssessmentDebate and Reflection (30%)|Design Brief and Reflection (30%)|Annotated Bibliography (40%)
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