Introduction To The Building Design Process


This course provides an introduction to the Building Design process, covering the underpinning principles in a practical hands-on approach. Students will gain appreciation of the building design process through a series of exercises centred on an actual site near the class room and the conceptual design of dual residence/design office. Stages will include

  • Initial site investigation
  • An examination of the building regulation
  • Consideration of visual and spatial design criteria
  • Consideration of construction principles
  • Basic drafting and 3D modelling

Course content

  • Understanding the site evaluation and analysis process.
  • An introduction to the regulations influencing the design of buildings
  • Building design processes and principles
  • Introduction to basic residential construction systems
  • Apply the principals of design and construction to a building project
  • Basic drafting of building plans
  • Creating a 3d model of the design project
  • Apply the principles of design to two dimensional and three dimensional projects
  • Explore appropriate technology and techniques to achieve a specific design outcome

Ideal for

Anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the building design process. May be students looking at entering Architecture or Building design degrees or those who are just after a general understanding of how designers design buildings.

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On completion of this course, participants will have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of building design process.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

Pen/pencil, notebook and Usb stick.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes


Printable course flyer

Available course dates

Saturday 13 July 2019

  • Code S320227
  • Start date 13.07.19
  • End date 03.08.19
  • Hours 24
  • Campus Carlton
  • Fee $620.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 13.07.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 20.07.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 27.07.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 03.08.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

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