ARCHPRM 703 : Transnational Professional Practice

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the theory and practice of how the built environment is designed and constructed when the architect is operating in a foreign field. Utilising problem-based learning and case studies, the student will assume the role of the alien designer who curates context and thus encounters: the vernacular, regionalism, internationalism and indigeneity.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and practical application of creativity, planning, and creative entrepreneurship with regard to Build To Rent housing. (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to critically engage in independent research and analysis that advances new knowledge (creative entrepreneurship) about architecture and its practice. (Capability 2.1 and 2.2)
  3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply a range of knowledge about BTR housing in order to conceptualise and develop sophisticated three-dimensional massing models (with urban and architectural form) in relation to economic (developer), ecologic (citizen) and social (occupant) needs. (Capability 3.1)
  4. Demonstrate advanced abilities in relation to research and the communication of information and argument, through a range of six design iterations, to engage a range of audiences including: the developer, the planner, the moral campaigner and the design community. (Capability 4.1)
  5. Demonstrate high-level independent and self-directed research, analysis and design and professional practice development with cultural (te ao Māori) and societal integrity. (Capability 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 15% Individual Coursework
Reports 85% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course will be delivered through a mix of lectures and seminars to discuss case studies to support and facilitate various learning approaches.

Lectures consist of oral presentations by instructors and guest lecturers intended to introduce information on a particular subject. These will be supported by presentations and discussions on real case studies to see built applications of the principles introduced during the lectures. Students will be involved via Q&A and problem cases in which they will discuss and share information found on a problem.
Tutorials complement lectures to provide more opportunities for student-tutor and student-student interaction focussed on problem-solving and critical thinking activities. Students will be organised into groups to work on a design proposal. Tutorials engage students in producing an integrated design proposal for a small-scale building in response to a set of constraints and requirements. Teaching and learning are conducted through weekly tutorials sessions from week 4, in which students will discuss their design proposals with their tutor in a studio setting. The development of the design proposal will be a step-by-step process based on the theoretical knowledge received during the lectures implemented through design activities. This pedagogical approach is intended to strengthen the relationship between environmental design theory and design practices so that students can transfer this approach and knowledge easily in their design studios and future professional activities.

Workshops consist of more applicative activities involving building industry partners to deliver practice-oriented knowledge to expose the students to materials, technologies, and solutions that will increase the understanding of the multiple factors involved in environmental design processes and real-life professional problems.

Case studies presentations will complement the theoretical knowledge from an architectural practice perspective by analysing how renowned architectures were informed by environmental factors and human comfort objectives, thus providing several built examples that can inspire the development of the students' work.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [11] hours of lectures, a [11] hour tutorial, [18] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [110] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is [required] at scheduled activities including [tutorials/studios] to [complete] components of the course.
Lectures will not be available as recordings. Other learning activities including [seminars/tutorials/site visits] will [not be available] as recordings.
The course [will not] include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials].
Attendance on campus is [required] for the [presentation].
The activities for the course are scheduled as a [standard weekly timetable].

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Formative assessment
Oral feedback will be provided weekly by the tutors to each group during tutorial sessions and according to the material presented by the students. Tutors will track progress made by the groups and the individual contribution of each group member in the tutorial sessions.
During the mid-semester presentation, students will receive additional oral feedback from a different tutor and written feedback from their usual tutor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating or assisting others to cheat and views cheating in coursework or tests as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide-web. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Upon a reasonable request, students may be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review.

Contract cheating (or ghost-writing) is a form of academic dishonesty where students submit course work for assessment authored by another person - friends, family, or 'essay mills' which advertise online or trawl for students via social media. The consequences of engaging in this practice are serious and can lead to the failure of assignments and courses. Contract cheating services are a form of organised crime and illegal under the Education Act. Students can be blackmailed for large sums of money and have their professional reputations threatened for the rest of their lives. Contract cheating organisations can masquerade as proofreading services and subsequently demand payment for writing an assignment, often with threats. While third-party proofreading is acceptable, students must ensure that the service is legitimate and will not endanger academic integrity or their safety. Under no circumstances should students give proofreading or contract cheating organisations their UPI or password. This is forbidden by the University and can enable criminals to access their details and the University's intellectual property on Canvas.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Students are urged to discuss privately any impairment-related requirements face-to-face and/or in written form with the course convenor/lecturer and/or tutor. Students with a documented disability or impairment are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services. Student Disability Services are located in the Basement of the Clock Tower. Phone: +64 9 923 2936. Email: If you require academic accommodations based on the impact of a disability or impairment, please contact Dr. Paola Boarin at the beginning of the course to discuss your specific needs.  

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 16/05/2022 05:14 p.m.