Core knowledge underpinning architectural practice

Knowledge Domains are the core areas of knowledge that underpin architectural practice, and are relevant in demonstrating competency across all performance criteria. One or more of each of the Knowledge Domains has specific application to each performance criterion in each AACA program, and so is labelled as a ‘critical’ (as opposed to ‘necessary’) in the Standard.

Architects provide services that require knowledge, judgement and the execution of skill in response to contexts and questions that are disciplinary, regulatory, social and ethical, and environmental in scope. The Knowledge Domains identified in the Standard provide the broad framework within which the everyday practice as well as the overarching professional context of architecture can be taught, understood and evaluated. 

Regulatory DomainKnowledge of the regulations, standards and codes, relevant to all aspects of architectural practice, project design and delivery.
Social & Ethical DomainKnowledge of the social, ethical and cultural values relevant to architectural practice and the impacts on project users and broader communities.
Sustainable Environment DomainUnderstanding of the responsibility of architects to minimise the impact on natural resources and design for longevity.
Disciplinary DomainKnowledge of histories and theories relevant to architecture, practice, building and technologies.
Communication DomainKnowledge of appropriate verbal, written and visual means to communicate relevant aspects of architecture.