Interior Architecture Studio 4 - Sustainability

DIA30004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020. 

Contact hours

  • 48

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20


DIA20005 Interior Architecture Studio 3: Design Exploration
Recommendation:  Advanced skills in design and construction; and material processes and technology.  The design workshop occupational health and safety training program is a compulsory hurdle requirement for this unit. Students must
present proof of certification to their unit of study lecturer by week 5.

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce students to the concept of sustainability and to the principles of ecologically sustainable design. The unit will examine the changing patterns in human behaviour and their influences on the environment, examining sustainable materials, site and climatic analysis, living spaces, usage of resources, and social/cultural practices. This unit will also aim to teach students the impact of sustainability in designing interior spaces.
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
1. Apply an analysis of how design influences the consumption of resources in order to minimise resource usage
2. Use site / climatic information, and third party certification systems to maximise sustainability
3. Manipulate cross-ventilation and thermal performance to influence building form in order to minimise environmental
4. Create a coherent design proposal that synthesises multiple aspects of environmentally sustainable design and
minimises resource usage
5. Evaluate the work in terms of the assumptions about human behaviour inherent in the design proposal and the
resource usage
6. Identify issues regarding environmental impact and sustainability relevant to the project[s].