Course Title: Australian Architecture

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Architecture

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Christine Phillips

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to a selected range of issues central to the development of architecture in Australia, with a focus on Melbourne and Victoria. It examines the influence on Australian architects, the developments of movements within this country and develops a basic knowledge in Australian architectural history. The contents of the course are organised chronologically as a broad survey.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning is an interactive, participatory process involving both teachers and students and the success of the class depends on the levels of input from all the participants.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of a selected range of social, cultural and political factors which have shaped Australian architecture.
- Demonstrate critical analysis and the ability to examine an issue in its context, reflect on it, intelligently asses accepted interpretation of the material and form a coherant personal opinion as a result of this.
- Creatively analyse problems from a number of perspectives and arrive at original solutions.
- Communicate effectively, both verbally, graphically (hard copy and electronic) and through writing in a number of different writing modes.

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

- Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgement on a wide range of architectural problems and situations.
- Comprehend key architectural works, cultural movements and ideas, their theoretical and cultural context and relvance to design.
- Communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media.

Overview of Learning Activities

You are strongly encouraged to attend all lectures and tutorials and complete all assessment tasks.

Lecture mode learning is developed within tutorials where assessment tasks are discussed and worked upon.  You will learn through several assessment projects that utilise a wide skill base, from developing different modes of writing skills and historical research to a range of graphic analysis methods.

Several walks around the city and off-site excusions during the semester bring texts into three dimensions and are discussed on-site.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course is primarily delivered face-to-face via lectures and tutorials and through the myRMIT student portal.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

To access the online resources you need to connect to the myRMIT/studies student portal using a computer with an appropriate modem and browser and an operating Internet connection. The myRMIT/studies portal is part of Online at RMIT. Online at RMIT is a networked system that uses the Internet and web technologies and applications to provide teachers and you with access to workspaces and resources via a web browser.

Much of the material for the course is available online, via myRMIT/studies

The myRMIT/studies portal contains:

- Course Schedule
- Course Assignments (assessment tasks)
- Australian History Research Guide prepared by the Central Library.
- Links to useful website and resources.
- The University Library also has extensive resources for Australian Architecture (ARCH1024) 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

Course Guides are available through the RMIT website.

Note: Lecture transcripts are not stored online.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilites.  The evidence for your learning outcomes will be demonstrated through the assessment tasks you present and submit using a variety of visual, written and verbal means.

You will receive feedback on a regular basis from your tutor in response to the particular tasks you have been set. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks during tutorial time.

NOTE: As feedback to assessment tasks is provided within tutorials, attendance is crucial.

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 Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: