Design, collaborations and interdisciplinary teamwork are central to the BAE degree, and taught as a series of Design Integration Labs with a disciplinary lens; the DIL Materials (Architecture), the DIL Energy (Architectural Science), the DIL Urban (Urban Planning), and the final Capstone Project for Graduation (Architecture/Arch Science or Architecture/Urban). You will learn the latest 3D modelling and scripting techniques for developing your designs, and evaluate by using cutting edge simulation and performance software.
Your studio-based classes are paralleled with intensive practical work in the highly specialized and unique labs of the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning; the Audio and Acoustics Lab, the Lighting Lab, the IEQ Environmental Quality Lab, and the DMaF Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication Lab. In addition to design, you will also be able to engage further in core studies and an elective range that teach: architectural history and theory; property development; traditional and experimental structural principle; building material properties; and best practice construction. Importantly, you will develop a thorough understanding of the collaborative 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.
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 School, 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 School's disciplines and its laboratories, which are the most extensive in Australia.
Bachelor of Architecture and Environments
The BAE will prepare you for a wide range of exciting career options in the built environment, and enables direct entry into:
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urban Design
Master of Heritage Conservation
Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts
Master of Architecture
Credit points required per semester: 24
Total credit points required to complete degree: 144
Indicative progression based on a Semester 1 enrolment.
“With the Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship, I was awarded a summer internship with Lendlease – an amazing opportunity for a first-year architecture student.
The internship has shown me how design works in the practical world by letting me experience multiple sectors within the business and how they operate and collaborate. I worked with a team known as DesignMake which at the time was focusing on the prefabrication of CLT apartments, and with a development team finalising the design for a timber-wrapped building.
Not only will an internship help you during your studies; it will prepare you for life after you graduate. You can make a lot of connections, and ask your co-workers any questions about your studies, which can be very useful. You can also see how the theoretical work you are studying can be applied in the practical world.”
When I first arrived in Sydney, it took time to identify my area of interest until I saw those brilliant and fantastic architectural models. That made a difference - it is important that once you identify your interests, you follow them - and enjoy what you do!
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.
Dagmar Reinhardt is the Program Director of Bachelor of Architecture and Environments, and the Master of Digital Architecture Studio Leader. Reinhardt is an academic with a practice – reinhardt_jung, operating in Frankfurt and Sydney. Reinhardt chaired the RobArch2016 Conference for Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design (www.robrarch2016.org), which brought together researchers, industry and practitioners from an international and Australian community. Reinhardt’s research continues on the potential of non-finite formations in architectural theory, design and practice through research on relationships between generative design, digital manufacturing, programmed behaviour, acoustic performance and cognitive impact of design on architecture, and is subject to 2 major grant applications.
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