University of Sydney Handbooks - 2017 Archive

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Bachelor of Architecture and Environments


This course prepares students for the diversity of professional roles that graduates of architectural bachelor's degrees are likely to enter, and provides the skills required of the next generation of architects and built environment professionals.

You will learn the practice of architecture and its different contexts through an education that addresses the role of the architect with the full range of professional and business capabilities necessary to achieve successful development of property and infrastructure in a globalised and development-centred economy.

This degree maintains a core architectural design education and extends this to include urban design, planning and policy and architectural science – energy, light, construction and acoustics, services, heritage and the IT systems which underlay contemporary design and modelling. The understanding of this wider framework, and the full range of methodologies used to analyse and synthesise it, will add breadth to your immediate professional capabilities as well as preparing you for specialist career pathways offered by the school's full range of postgraduate course. These include direct entry to:

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Master of Architectural Science (with specialisations in Acoustics, High Performance Buildings, Illumination Design and Sustainable Design)
  • Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts and
  • Master of Architecture

Bachelor in Architecture and Environment enrolment guide

In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Design of Architecture and Environments, students must fulfil the requirements specified by the resolutions of Senate and the School.

All students should familiarise themselves with the course resolutions as stated later in this handbook and monitor their own progress in reference to them.

The following points summarise the resolutions but do not replace them.

Summary of requirements

In order to qualify for the award of the pass degree, candidates need to:

  • successfully complete 144 credit points. 120 of these are made up of core units of study listed in Table D
  • successfully complete at least 24 credit points of elective units of study, including a minimum of 12 credit points of senior elective units of study listed in Table D.

Students may, with the permission of the unit coordinator concerned, enrol in elective units of study from the school's tables of graduate units, provided they have completed at least 96 credit points with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70.

Master of Architecture prerequisite unit of study

Students wishing to proceed to the Master of Architecture must complete BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice. There are other conditions for entry to the Master of Architecture. Prospective students should refer to the information for that degree.


In order to qualify for admission to the honours degree candidates must satisfy the requirements for the pass degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70. The one-year honours degree is only offered in full-time mode, requiring successful completion of 48 credit points, culminating in a research thesis. Refer to the honours section of this handbook for further information.

Bachelor of Architecture and Environments enrolment planner

Bachelor of Design in of Architecture and Environments

Year 1   Credit
Semester 1    
DECO1006 Design Process and Methods 6
BDES1011 Architectural History and Theory 1 6
BDES1012 Architectural Communications 1 6
AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing 6
Semester 2    
BADP1001 Empirical Thinking 6
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1 6
DAAE1001 Living Cities 6
BAEN1001 Design in Architecture 6


Year 2
Semester 1    
BAEN2001 Design Integration Lab: Materials 6
BADP2002 City Form and Development 6
BADP2003 Light and Sound 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2 6
BADP2001 Algorithmic Architecture       6

Design Intergration Lab: Energy 

  Elective* 6


Year 3  Offered from 2017 Credit
Semester 1    
BAEN3001 Design Integration Lab:Urban 6
BADP3001 Designing for Environment Quality 6
BDES3023 Architectural Technologies 3 6
  Elective* 6
Semester 2    
BADP3002 Property and the Built Environment 6
BAEN3002 Design Integration Lab: Capstone          12
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice# 6


# indicates recommended elective
* indicates free elective