Understanding Density

Understanding Density

TBC - 2021
Delivery options: 
Face-to-face delivery at UNSW Sydney including lectures, discussions, workshops, fieldwork and presentations.


Course Details:

The limits to density are at the heart of every urban project, every architectural design, every property investment and every assessment of sustainability. No matter the social and environmental significance of the project, the brilliance of its design, its profitability, or the level of innovation, its density is always measured, always negotiated and (nearly always) maximised.

This short course will sharpen your concepts of urban density, offer precise terminology, explore the policy implications of density at various urban scales, develop models for urban form at relevant densities, and teach you how to translate density standards into physical forms, and vice versa.

Key Information

Skills: by the end of the course you will be able to
  • acquire knowledge of urban density in theory and practice with respect to how it is defined, how it is measured, and how valid comparisons can be made concerning densities in Sydney and other global cities
  • develop your understanding on how density controls translate into the physical form of urban precincts
  • develop your ability to communicate the understanding and assessment of urban density measures to other professionals and the community on the basis of clear definitions and valued data
  • develop your ability to advance the awareness of urban density based on the need to achieve good design outcomes at neighbourhood scale in the context of community expectations and the role of Sydney as a global city.
CPD and Attendance Statement
  • On completion of the course you will receive a statement of attendance from UNSW.
  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) members may be eligible to claim up to 28 PIA CPD points.

$980 excl. GST
$98 GST
$1078 incl. GST
UNSW Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount - please email shortcoursesbe@unsw.edu.au for your discount code.

If you are a UNSW staff member, please refer to the UNSW Staff Tuition Fee Subsidy Policy to see if you are eligible for a discount.

This course is for

Built environment professionals from across State and Local Government, property, consulting firms and community groups.
This course is delivered in face-to-face mode. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop computer.

Course Convenor

Professor James Weirick is Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design (MUDD) program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Professor Weirick is well known as a world authority on Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, the architects who won the international competition to design the masterplan for Australia's capital, Canberra.

Prior to joining UNSW in 1991, Weirick was Head of Landscape Architecture at RMIT University (1988–91). He held academic positions at RMIT from 1987-1993. He was a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Canberra College of Advanced Education (1982–1986). He has had various consultancies in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Weirick holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.


The course is over 2 days full time 9:00 – 5:00pm

Please enquire if your firm is interested in a custom in-house version of this course. Email us at shortcoursesbe@unsw.edu.au