Introduction To The Building Design Process


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Gain a hands-on understanding of the building design process through a series of exercises centred on an actual site near the classroom and the conceptual design of dual residence/design office. Learn the step by step process - from initial site investigation, examination of the building regulations, consideration of visual and spatial design criteria and construction principles to 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



There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking. A USB flash drive for transferring and storing files.

Suited to

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.


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

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