Theories of Buildings and Cities

ARC70004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or Equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit covers the theoretical and critical analysis of architecture, cities, urban spaces and design practices. It explores existing and new methodologies and critical theories as applied to architecture and cities. This unit locates architecture and urban spaces within social, cultural, political, material, technological and creative practices.
Students will explore recent developments in architecture and urban design academic theory and professional practice aiming to develop and evaluate a theoretical position and develop skills to put forward arguments for this position. The unit will also foster an understanding of the principles of designing with Indigenous peoples and cultures on an international level with reference to charters, approaches and precedents in conjunction with sustainable development and ecological systems.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Develop, evaluate and present arguments relating key architecture and urban design theories.
2. Identify challenges and opportunities posed by operating in diverse and globally oriented settings.
3. Recognise the position and relationship of the first peoples of Australia to design practice in historical and contemporary contexts; and evaluate international standards of best practice working with Indigenous communities.
4. Communicate appropriately in written, oral, and graphical form to various audiences about design issues, development proposals and actions.
5. Work as a team member, with a commitment to shared goals, team processes and appropriate interpersonal skills.