Courses & Units

Architecture Theory: Practice Contexts KDA338




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 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.

In Architecture Theory: Practice Contexts you will interrogate the value of contemporary theories and use these positions to develop a critical spatial practice. You will explore approaches to Architecture that understand, reference and question the specificities of social, cultural and political and ecological operations within local and global contexts. Through lecture content, discussion of theoretical texts and critical interrogation of precedents, you will gain a broad knowledge of contemporary themes in Architecture. Working in teams on a specified topic, you will research, interrogate and explore the formal, material and spatial implications of particular theories employing participatory practices in the creation of speculative design propositions.


Unit name Architecture Theory: Practice Contexts
Unit code KDA338
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Andrew Steen

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes


Critically evaluate contemporary theories and implications for interdisciplinary design practice


Articulate connections between design and social, political, cultural and ecological factors at local and global scales.


Explore and articulate formal, material and spatial implications of design theories through models and mixed media


Participate and co-create with peers in speculative design inquiries


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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KDA235 and KDA241



Teaching Pattern

1 x 180 minute Studio weekly


AT1 – Debate (20%)
AT2 – Speculations: Mixed media presentation and exegesis (40%)
AT3 – Inquiry: Visual Journal (40%)

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