Course Title: Architecture Professional Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Professional Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2008,
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 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022


RMIT University Vietnam


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Viet1 2018

Course Coordinator: Anna Jankovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9588

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09.002

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


There are no formal prerequisite courses, but it is assumed that students have completed Architecture Professional Practice 1 (ARCH1331).

It is assumed that you have some experience working in an architectural practice and a basic understanding of building construction and the stages involved in the delivery of project.

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 input from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Course Description

The Professional Practice stream of courses is a core subject area within the architecture program and forms a key study stream supporting design studio learning and the School of Architecture and Design’s integrated practice research model.

Together, the three compulsory courses develop competencies and skills outlined in the ACCA competency standards for accreditation as well as the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Education policy, and will enable students to enter practice under the supervision of an architect and to apply for registration following completion of required practical experience. The professional practice stream also prepares students for working more broadly within an expanded field of practice and in shaping the built environment by developing an understanding of the complex systems within which the built environment is shaped, funded and procured.


The Professional Practice subject area is underpinned by the idea that professional practice and project management are tools which enable architects to turn design ideas into built outcomes. Each of the three compulsory courses is presented with case study projects and invited lectures from industry and practice with intention of highlighting the context within which architecture is practiced and innovative design projects are realised.

Architecture Professional Practice 2 is the second course in this stream and extends the knowledge and skills introduced in Architecture Professional Practice 1. This research based course begins by looking from outside the profession to understand the complex context within which architecture is practiced. You will be introduced to and asked to explore in detail aspects of building law, building economics, procurement models and professional conduct which shape major projects. The aim of this course is to develop your deeper and expanded understanding of the profession of architecture and to look critically at its relationship to social, economic and political environments. It will exercise your ability to research and integrate key areas of professional knowledge through your own work and asks you to establish and defend your position on key issues facing the profession and the city.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


he objectives of the course are to:

  • Provide a knowledge base to prepare you for registration as an architect;
  • Encourage you to critically engage with areas of professional practice by introducing key legal, ethical and financial issues and concepts and project possible future scenarios for the profession;
  • Exercise your ability to independently research, analyse and integrate key areas of professional knowledge (law and economics), procurement methods and design skills;
  • Introduce you to a selection of issues and changes impacting architectural practice today and ask you to form your independent position in relation to these.

Capability Development
This course specifically addresses the following Program Learning Outlines of the Master of Architecture, this course contributes to your ability to:


  • Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed arguments on a complex range of architectural problems and situations
  • Master an advanced body of knowledge and specific research and technical skills, demonstrating judgement by challenging and extending this knowledge in architecture through your design work
  • Professionally communicate, transmit and defend complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Reflect upon your learning achievements in design, taking responsibility for an articulated position toward the discipline of architecture and theorise about its contribution to the profession
  • Demonstrate and apply an advanced awareness of complex environmental, ethical and social factors affecting the built environment
  • Demonstrate and apply an advanced awareness of the legal, economic and political context for professional practice in architecture.


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


  • Describe and discuss a general knowledge of the economic, social and political forces at work in the building industry and the built environment;
  • Identify and analyse how projects are financed across a variety of sectors and key concepts such as feasibility, life-cycle costing and project cost appraisal;
  • Recognise and classify key stakeholder and community consultation processes as they relate to major projects;
  • Define the relationship of the architect to other professional consultants, contractors, clients, and stakeholders;
  • Apply research skills which to integrate and extend knowledge introduce in the course and through independent research;
  • Critique and make professional judgements on a range of internal and external social, political and economic factors shaping architecture as a profession;
  • Propose and argue a researched position in response to a number of issues relating to current and future practice.

Overview of Learning Activities


Professional Practice is taught in face to face mode through a combination of lectures and guest lectures with an extensive backup of online resources. The lecture/seminar learning modes are extended with group projects and regular feedback and review sessions.

 The course will comprise a mix of lectures from staff and external practitioners and seminar tutorials in smaller groups. Students will be constantly challenged to relate their understanding of the lectures to class discussion.

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including:

  • Self-directed research and presentation of findings
  • Attending lectures, tutorials and participating in class discussion
  • Interviews with key participants in the development of the project
  • Research through library holdings and online sources, indirect and primary sources
  • Written, visual and verbal presentation of research presented in progress and through a detailed final report
  • Critical and constructive feedback to peers
  • Online communication

Professional Practice courses incorporate high levels of work integration through assessment tasks and learning activities. Students simulate the resolution of practice and professional issues in design projects with assistance from industry tools and documents. The course includes external lectures from professional architects and consultants. In addition, the core staff and sessional tutors are predominately practicing architects.

Overview of Learning Resources

The Professional Practice subject area has an extensive backup of online resources with a dedicated library web portal including an interface with the AIA’s Acumen, the BCA and other related professional links. The course has a dedicated Blackboard site where you can access lecture notes, handouts, assignments and additional resources.

This is a research based course and requires students to develop locate, review and adapt knowledge through independent research. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and through seminar tutorials.

Overview of Assessment

Professional practice courses require you to apply content of lectures and research to simulated project based assignments.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment will include both group and individual work through written reports and position papers, in class presentations and your seminar participation across the duration of the course.

Equitable Learning Services: 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.

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

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