This intensive weekend course provides participants with the knowledge and skillset essential to designing a truly sustainable and health-promoting new home or extension.

“Up until the 20th century, we were building beautiful, functional homes, intuitively.”

Dates/locations: TryBooking
Duration: 2 full days (weekend) + 2 hrs private consultation
Registration: TryBooking
Enquiries: Email

Course Contents

  • Introduction to residential architecture
  • Sustainable design principles and materials
  • Domestic energy and water
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Introduction to architectural drawing
  • Introduction to development regulations and approvals
  • Design workshop with participants’ own projects

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course participants will be able to

  • Prepare site analysis and architectural brief
  • Create simple house design from concept to developed stage
  • Make informed material selections
  • Understand key planning regulations
  • Efficiently communicate their intent to architects, consultants and councils

“Building a sustainable house is an instinctive act.”


  • Own laptop with Wifi internet connection
  • Unless drawing by hand only, basic drafting software (e.g. SketchUp)


  • 2 hours of complimentary personal followup consultation within 6 months following the course
  • Drawing needs
  • Printed and electronic resources
  • Access to alumni support network


In this course, we will examine the origins of residential architecture, analyse traditional vernacular buildings, explain the key principles of sustainable architecture, explore natural materials and construction methods, discover a variety of alternative residential development types, introduce basic architectural drawing techniques, review common development controls and approvals and undertake a design workshop based on participants’ own projects. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to understand and practically apply sustainable design principles and efficiently communicate their development proposal to architects, consultants, contractors and councils. Each participant also receives 2 hours of complimentary personal followup consultation relating to their project.

“Rediscovering our natural ability to build good homes.”

Course Convenor

Jiri Lev

Jiri Lev is a sustainable building design practitioner with degree in architecture and nearly two decades of multidisciplinary design experience in both Europe and Australia.