Undergraduate

Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

The Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (BAE), provides an architectural education that contextualises architecture within the framework of the wider built environment.

The program provides you with career pathways to a wide range of professions in the field. Whether you choose to graduate with this course, or proceed to one of our range of professional master’s courses, the BAE provides the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in today’s complex and globalised construction industries.

Design is central to the degree. You will also gain a broad understanding of urban planning and policy, architectural science and the IT systems, which underlay contemporary design and modelling.

You will learn the latest techniques through intensive practical, laboratory and studio-based classes. Your studies will also cover architectural design, best practice construction techniques, structural principles and building material properties. Importantly, you will develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between architects, urban planners, urban designers, heritage conservation, property developers, engineers, construction managers and other built environment professionals. This will provide you with a clear advantage in an industry that is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary.

Core units are complemented by electives to allow you to deepen your knowledge within the faculty, or to explore the unrivalled breadth offered across the University of Sydney. The degree culminates in a capstone design studio.

Your studies will be informed by the research of the academic staff and professional expertise of our visiting lecturers. The BAE draws on the full range of the faculty’s disciplines and its laboratories, which are the most extensive in Australia.

Expertise and Extensive Facilities

To make the most of your studies, you need the latest, best and most extensive range of tools for fabrication, prototyping and digital design. The Faculty’s Design, Modelling & Fabrication Lab (DMaF Lab ) is the home of our unrivalled fabrication facilities. Laser cutters, CNC routers, woodworking, robotics and metalworking equipment can all be found in the hive of activity that are our workshops and fabrication laboratories.

The DMaF Lab is staffed by a diverse and talented set of directors who know all aspects of their respective fabrication laboratories. Far from just technicians who know how to fix the machines, the DMaF Lab Staff are all designers in their own right, having studied design at a variety of institutions around the world. This means you get so much more than just technical help – you get co-collaborators that can assist you to make your models a physical reality.

Your access to the Lab isn’t just limited to your time with us – we offer the expertise and equipment to our alumni on an ongoing basis. It’s another way that the community in the Faculty extends far beyond your study.

Pathways to multiple careers

The BAE will prepare you for a wide range of exciting career options in the built environment, and enables direct entry into:

Indicative Course
Progression

    First Year

    Semester One

  • This unit of study provides an overview of a human (or user) centred approach to the design of interactive technologies.

    It introduces students to design thinking and how it can be productively applied to different design situations. The theoretical concepts, methods and tools for the key stages of interaction design are covered including user research, ideation, prototyping and user evaluation.

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  • Architectural History/Theory 1 introduces students to the discourse of architectural history and theory.

    It commences with a concise chronological survey of key periods of architectural history from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century, providing an overview of the scope of the field and establishing initial points of reference.

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  • This unit aims to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and aptitude required to use a range of fundamental architectural sketching and drawing skills based on observation of the physical world, in particular the built world.

    Students will be encouraged to develop a commitment to the practice of drawing as a fundamental design skill through 13 studio classes coupled with independent study.

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  • This unit introduces students to fundamental modes of communication that are used to comprehend, conceive, explore, articulate and document architecture.

    It covers the domains of sketching, technical drawing, model making, verbal and written communication, diagramming and photography. It both familiarises students with necessary technical skills and encourages their creative deployment through practical experimentation.

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  • The Safety Induction and Competency Unit aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective working practices in the Architectural technical Services Centre (ATSC).

    Students are introduces to safe and appropriate ways of working with materials such as timber, metals and plastics in the wood Technology Studio, Metalistics Lab and Digital Fabrication Lab. Students will operate machinery, tools and equipment under supervision and will become familiar with relevant Work Health and Safety (WH&S) processes and requirements.

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    First Year

    Semester Two

  • This unit of study introduces approaches to thinking and working in the built environment that are based on measurement, analysis and modelling.

    There are many aspects of the built environment that can be expressed quantitatively - but how do we measure them, how certain can we be of particular values, how can we develop an understanding of them from the data, how can this understanding be applied in modelling and simulation (potentially for use in design), and what are the practical uses (and limitations) of an empirical approach to architecture and design?

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  • Architectural Technologies 1 introduces students to the roles that environmental considerations, structures and construction play in architecture.

    The fundamental concepts underpinning each of these key areas are presented and students demonstrate their developing knowledge of them via project-based assignments.

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  • This unit of study reviews the challenges and issues involved in planning for the contemporary urban environment from an urban planning perspective, including urban design and heritage lens.

    The unit examines the evolution of towns and cities from the first settlements to the modern metropolis, and looks at the forces that shape the urban environment. It asks, 'why did cities evolve?', 'what purposes does the city serve?', 'who is the city for?', and 'how are decisions made about cities?'

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  • This unit of study will give the student an understanding of design of a small scale building in an urban context.

    It teaches the foundations for an interdisciplinary design process between the fields or architecture, architectural science, and urban planning. It is undertaken in a variety of analogue and digital design techniques in order to better understand architecture's qualities including typology, scale, proportion, structure, program and materiality.

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    Second Year

    Semester One

  • Design Integration Lab: Materials introduces students to the role of materials as a proponent of architectural form.

    The objective of this unit is to equip students with an ability to think critically about the transformation, evaluation and creative application of different materials in terms of environmental, structural and aesthetic performance.

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  • This unit builds on the content of Living Cities and introduces students to the modern formal domains of planning, urban design and heritage conservation.

    The focus will be on two main areas of debate, namely, city form and structure, and secondly, the planning and development processes on which the formal planned city is made.

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  • This unit of study develops a working understanding of light and sound from physical and sensory perspectives, and of the ways that buildings and building elements affect these.

    These are examined in terms of their sources, transmission, digital representation, and sensation.

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    Second Year

    Semester Two

  • This design and lab-based studio will focus on the ways that buildings respond effectively to people's environmental needs, while minimising net energy use in small-scale settings.

    Students will learn how to integrate and design the thermal, luminous and acoustic environment of a small- scale building. Particular emphasis will be place on the basics of heat, thermal performance and natural ventilation strategies.

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  • Architectural Technologies 2 explores the roles that environmental considerations, structures and construction play in moderately complex medium-scale buildings.

    Emphasis is placed on developing in students an active awareness of the impact that technical and constructional decisions have on architectural Architectural Technologies 2 explores the role that environmental, structural and constructional considerations play in moderately complex small-scale buildings.

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  • This unit of study introduces methods for developing a virtual building model as an integrated and interactive tool for architectural design decision-making.

    In this unit, modelling is construed as the formation of an architectural problem. This includes defining data and variables across scales and disciplines, as well as converting data into meaningful information for architectural analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

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Student Profiles

    Ariel Del Rosario

    Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

    I was excited to enter into a new program unlike any other available. I was looking for a more well-rounded education in architecture, design and planning that would open up possibilities that I may never have considered. The degree provided a more multi-disciplinary approach to design and gave me the opportunity to look into other areas that interested me such as urban planning whilst also hopefully inciting new interests in design fields.

    I love the sense community within the faculty. In many ways fellow students have also become my teachers and the course fosters a culture of learning where I feel comfortable to share and discuss ideas with others. The course is very hands-on guided by passionate teaching staff with a professional outlook who are willing to work on a more personal basis. The faculty also houses incredible world-class facilities always at your disposal.

    After my degree I wish to work in the humanitarian field of architecture either with a firm that works in socially conscious design, or start up my own firm or organisation.

Meet Our
Program Director

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE & ENVIRONMENTS

Dr Dagmar Reinhardt

Research Interests

The emerging potential and challenges of digital architecture.
The interdisciplinary exchange between academic environment,
cultural productions, industrial expertise and architectural entrepreneurship.

Reinhardt’s research engages the technological and affective potentials of performative design in architecture. Performance is addressed here as the organisational, structural, material expression of an ‘unfigured’, non-final form undergoing change in operation that stimulates sensation and experience. The research approaches the intersection of digital and analog models in latent architectural environments that enable interaction, performance and response; an investigation on “form processes” through the use of physical models and digital transfers with structural perspective on architectural design to fabrication and construction.

This research interest is currently implemented in the collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Sydney Festival in the design of a temporary travelling pavilion to be constructed in 2012. A research team of leading professionals from the areas of generative design, cultural production, interactive media, and engineering will guide students of the Master of Digital Architecture through an internal competition design stage of the pavilion, and later channel design variations into construction and fabrication for the 2012 festival performances.

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