Course Title: Architecture Technology 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Technology 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Nic Bao

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is the third of four courses in your program which collectively provide you with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary architectural technologies and their application in the design of architecture. 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.

Architectural Technology 3 aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the technologies required to design smaller institutional and commercial scale building. The course introduces you to a broad range of structural, constructional, environmental, and servicing systems used in buildings and an understanding of how the technologies are enmeshed in the architectural design process. Working in a group, you will design and document a small commercial/institutional scale building. and in so doing, develop a comprehensive understanding of the application and integration of the broad range of technologies used in buildings of this scale.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course, you will develop the following program learning outcomes:


1. apply design knowledge to solve a range of architectural problems in diverse contexts

2. critically analyse, evaluate, and make an informed judgment on a wide range of architectural problems and situations

3. integrate a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into your design process

4. communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media

5. develop an awareness of environmental factors affecting the built environment

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

1. Articulate an understanding of the interrelationship between architecture and technology

2. Select appropriate structural and constructional systems for a commercial-scale building

3. Consider the impact of different structural systems on the plan and section of a building

4. Explore strategies for arranging/placing technical systems within a building volume

5. Understand the role of the National Construction Code in the design of commercial/institutional buildings and be confident in simple applications of common sections

6. Express the interrelationship between technical systems

7. Represent research and resolved designs through various drawing and modelling techniques


Professional Competencies 

This course addresses core competencies included in the Architect’s Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Standard of Competency for Architects. Through successful achievement of the course learning outcomes listed above you will have demonstrated the following performance criteria: 

2.1 Identification, analysis, and integration of information relevant to siting of the project.
2.2 Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes, and industry standards.
3.5 Exploration and application of ordering, sequencing, and modelling of three-dimensional form and spatial content.
3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with the project brief.
4.1 Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design
4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service, and transport systems in the project design.
4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design.
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting, and acoustics.
5.2 Resolution of project design addressing all building occupancy and functional aspects including spatial requirements and relationships and circulation aspects.
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.
5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists, and suppliers.
6.4 Timely completion and communication of accurate and comprehensible documents that will include, as required, drawings, models, specifications, schedules, and other relevant modes of information.
6.5 Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Technology 3 involves learning through a series of formal lectures, provided by academic staff and practicing industry professionals 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 centred around responding to an architectural brief to design a small commercial/institutional building. In undertaking this task, you will resolve technical problem arising from the design including structural, constructional, environmental and serving design problems as well as addressing regulatory issues. You will undertake research and analysis building systems and materials which may be applicable to your design. The assignment work will include developing models and completing a full documentation drawing set of your group design..

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Architecture Technology courses incorporate high levels of work integration through assessment tasks. Students simulate the resolution of technical issues in design, both in the studio setting and or visits to construction sites, and with assistance from industry practitioners, consultants, and specialists. Assessment in the courses is based on the technical resolution of a design project according to industry standards of detail and documentation.

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 modeling 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, Modeling 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.


The library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian, Tristan Badham

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment will include physical models, a documentation drawings, research & analysis reports and a folio cataloguing the semester’s work. 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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life