Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Supervisor

Stuart Medley

Second Supervisor

Christopher Crouch


Sustainable design is a buzzword in the field of architecture, yet very few houses built in Western Australia last year had an environmentally friendly focus. Through much debate and research, designers now have a thorough understanding of the environmental impact ofhousing (Kibert, 2005; Roaf, 2001; Yeang, 1995). The result is that architects worldwide are now offering a more sustainable housing model. These houses are expensive and look very different to the popular project homes. Despite this environmental awareness, the homes Western Australians build appear to be growing larger, with little regard for their future sustainability. There is reluctance among Australians to accept an entirely new aesthetic of domestic architecture. This project explores the problems with existing housing options in Western Australia in 2010. It examines the most popular form of homes in this state, the project home, through a case study of a potential re-design from the perspective of an interior designer. The housing trends analysed in the case study are looked at in terms of their sustainability and meaning within society. Through creative practice, the design of the case-study project home is explored in order to uncover more sustainable options that still retain many of the design and spatial elements of the existing model.