Australian Building Analysis

Subject ABPL90019 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars and field trips equivalent to two lectures and one tutorial a week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Entry into the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Prof Miles Lewis


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

An introduction to analysis of Australian buildings and their technology. Historical investigation from primary sources. The philosophy of conservation and the main avenues for researching buildings. Development of skills in the documentary and physical investigation of buildings including materials, patents, paint and wallpaper analysis.


On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • locate and interpret documentary sources on land ownership, building construction and property occupation;
  • diagnose structural changes;
  • recognise distinctive aspects of building technology;
  • interpret evidence of painted and papered finishes;
  • synthesise historical data into a coherent account of the physical development of a structure;
  • relate a building or place to examples of comparable cultural significance.

Exercises (drawn and/or written) to the equivalent of not more than 5000 words.

Prescribed Texts:

Physical Investigation of a Building (M Lewis), Melbourne, 1989

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Documentation and physical investigation of buildings

  • Freehand sketching and report writing

  • Analysis of the history of a building or place

  • Analysis of the fabric of a building or place


Available on years ending with an odd number.

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Heritage)
Postgraduate Diploma in Planning & Design (Arch.History & Conservation)
Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architectural History

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