20 th -Century Australian Architecture

The first assignment for DAAE2001 requires you to choose an image from a selection of examples from
the McConnel Drawings Collection of the University of Sydney—a collection of drawings by Sydney
students and alumni from the 1920s to the end of the twentieth century.
You will research your selected image, and curate a set of images to accompany it, thereby making an
argument about that image. Your argument might concern any aspect of your selected drawing: its
pedagogical context, its insights into sources and references, its conversations with work both built or
unbuilt, and with architecture in Sydney, elsewhere in Australia, or beyond. This will require contextual
reading and research. For each image (including the original selection), you are to prepare a
descriptive caption of 200 words maximum length, including the source information for each (following
the Chicago Manual of Style). This will serve to clarify details of your argument that should otherwise be
legible at a purely visual level.
You are required to submit a total of eight images and captions (200 words each). There are no
restrictions on format. Submission may be physical or electronic. In the case of physical submission, you
will be required to submit the text of your captions through the University’s academic integrity software.
The only requirement on submission is that the teaching team must be able to access the images.

Practical Information
The McConnel Drawing Collection is held by the University of Sydney in the Rare Books Collection of the
Fisher Library. You will select an image on the basis of a series of A4 prints. On selecting an image, you
may source a high-resolution version on the image to be selected by Friday 20 August. Under no
circumstances can you distribute this image further. You will be granted the right to use this image solely
for the purposes of your studies. It cannot be posted online or forwarded to any other students. You
should try to “visit” the original drawing you have selected in the Rare Books Collection. This may be
done by appointment, following the procedures laid out in class.
The Fine Print

This is to be read in conjunction with the Unit of Study outline. Any amendments or

clarifications will be
made on the Canvas site of this course, with an announcement to be posted to all students.
Weighting: 30%
Due: Monday 2 September 2019 at 12 noon.
Learning outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (see Unit of Study outline).
Assessment Criteria
1. Your understanding of the drawing’s subject and technique (close reading) (9 marks available)
2. Your understanding of the broader issues or currents at stake in the drawing (contextual
reading) (9 marks)
3. The clarity of your argument (on both visual and written terms) (6 marks)
4. Format and presentation (including referencing and image quality) (6 marks)