This unit develops students' ability to think independently and allow students to build upon and further develop and apply their creativity, skills and knowledge gained from prior studies. The students will utilize case studies of building design projects to look insight into the process by which architects work both individually and collaboratively to put disciplinary knowledge and expertise into practice. Cases will introduce a broad range of issues including design process, human factors, context, site, environment, culture, diversity, social justice, legal and regulatory issues, accessibility, technologies, materiality, sustainability, design disciplines, careers, and collaboration.

When designing buildings, it is essential to develop background requirements and technical discussions within a design team. This unit gives students insight and background for the selection of appropriate equipment and materials, and their integration in order to design an appropriate environment for different types of buildings (e.g. office space, housing, commercial property). Students will learn design development to cover user requirements in relation to environmental control systems for both residential buildings and commercial buildings.


This unit equips students with skills to be able to identify the machine equipment, electric equipment, fire extinguishing system and elevator facilities. It will cover water-supply (potable and other) installation, hot water-supply installation, waste and vent system, waste purification system, gas system, heating system, air conditioning equipment and refrigeration equipment. Students will examine electrical and mechanical systems of buildings and apply their knowledge to the requirements of the case studies..

This unit provides the student with principles of architectural planning and history of architecture. It covers processes modular construction in both residential and commercial buildings as well as retail, educational, leisure, cultural, hotel and medical facilities. The architectural planning of both residential buildings and commercial building will be explored in detail. The students will also gain the knowledge of how towns and cities have developed through the history and modern architecture contributes to the sustainability and environment.