Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. establish a carefully curated and documented response to site situation or urban formation
  2. design and develop a complex building through precedent comparison spatial ideas and design that relates to a critical working territory
  3. apply knowledge of industry codes and systems to a project.
    • Spatial Intelligence
    • Thinking Architecture
    • Tower and Office
    • National Construction Code
    • Performance
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-MAA406

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

CUR-MAA411-Complex Buildings Research Methods


Students who have completed MAA409 (previously MAA406) PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite MAA411 as it was previously counted as double subject.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

This subject was previously known as MAA406 Complex Buildings Research Studio.

This subject focuses on the conceptualisation and design of complex buildings. The intellectual and methodological contextualising of a manner of making and how this is carried forward and affects the study and design of programmatically complex buildings projects. Students will develop a critical position which will inform the design of a complex building.

Work Integrated Learning will be incorporated throughout the subject by using a mode of teaching where design activity will take place in workshop situations/ on sites/ simulation of the real world project/ interaction with community and industry etc.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Preliminary Project Presentation (50%)
  • Portfolio (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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