Course Title: Architecture Technology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Technology 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Daniel Maunders

Course Coordinator Phone: 99251010

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B100

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Course ARCH1013 is the first of four semester long courses in the Bachelor of Architectural Design which provide you with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary architectural technologies. These courses aim to provide you with knowledge about structural, constructional, environmental, and servicing requirements for buildings coupled with an appreciation of the associated design implications of these technologies as they are translated into building form. It is intended that not only are you provided with a firm grounding in architectural technologies, but also an understanding of the architectural design implications of these technologies.
Focusing primarily on domestic scale architecture, Technology 1 aims through a series of lectures and studio based tutorials, to provide you with a clear overview of the relationship between architectural design and architectural technology. You will be introduced to structural principles, domestic construction systems, and associated technologies, as well as approaches to understanding and applying such technical information and its relationship to the broader design process. Emphasis is placed upon developing an awareness of the linkages between the making and conceiving of architecture, both historically and within the current practice of architecture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Articulate a basic understanding of the relationship between architecture and technology.
  • Transform complex technical information via analysis and apply into systems appropriate for an architect to use in the design process.
  • Undertake guided research.
  • Evaluate and apply research material to a design-based task.
  • Be conversant with architectural models and drawings.


In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • apply design knowledge to solve a range of architectural problems in diverse contexts
  • critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgment on a wide range of architectural problems and situations
  • integrate a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into your design process
  • communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media
  • develop an awareness of environmental factors affecting the built environment

Overview of Learning Activities

Technology 1 involves learning through formal lectures and through project based teaching and learning. You will typically work in small groups with a primary tutor who sets and directs the study topics and project-based learning activities. Learning is focused around you and your group making a series of contemporary architectural models (physical) and details, built at different scales. The assignments use real documentation drawing sets as the basis for the construction of these three dimensional models. The completed models allow you to demonstrate your technical understanding of the designs as complex three dimensional material objects.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. All architecture courses are held in timetabled studio and classroom spaces. RMIT University does not have dedicated studio spaces outside timetabled classes but we do have a range of project and modelling spaces where, projects can be assembled. These are available outside of timetabled classes and studios (24/7). You will have access to many specialist facilities and workshops including: advanced CAD laboratories, Digital Design and Manufacturing Laboratories, Modelling Workshops, 3d scanners and printers, laser and foam cutters as well as various metal working, wood working, vacuum forming equipment and CNC manufacturing machines.
In addition to these resources the University library has extensive resources for Architecture students. The library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. Refer: The library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via Tristan Badham Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment is bases around the construction of 1:20 scale and 1:1 scale models which explore structural and detailing issue at a domestic scale and journal including notes, drawings and photographs which documents the class and associated learning. At the completion of each task, you will present the project to your tutor and peers.  Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as those of your teachers. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT University assessment principles,
regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: