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SRA323 - Contemporary Architecture

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Sanja Rodes


SRA215 or SRA224



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Cloud students are required to participate in online consultation sessions.


This unit examines architecture as a cultural discipline from WW2 to the present day.  It seeks to critically discuss and engage with particular architects and works of architecture that exemplify the cultural role of architecture in contemporary society.  It examines architectural exemplars from Europe, Japan, Australia, the US, and Scandinavia to demonstrate the ways in which particular theoretical frameworks impact the direction and currents of architectural enquiry and production.  These architects and works are critically analysed to enable students to develop their own understanding of the very nature of critical attitudes in architecture through selected books, essays, articles and other media outputs.  The unit involves the close scrutiny of a select number of projects to give students some ability in the professional and essential role of critique in architecture as demonstrated through practice and dialogue.


Critique (video format) 40%, essay 60%

Prescribed texts

Nesbitt, 1996, Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture, 1st Ed, Princeton Architect, New York, USA

Krista Sykes ( Ed ), 2010, Constructing a New Agenda: Architectural Theory 1993 - 2009, 1st Ed, Princeton Architect, New York, USA

Unit Fee Information

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