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ARCH11-111: Architecture Design Studio 1


This subject is an introduction to the discourse and practice of architectural design. This subject will initiate exploratory and critical thinking and creative capacities in beginning students. General understandings of space, materiality, atmosphere, abstraction, process, organisation and composition are explored through a series of focused, discrete studies which shall be framed around specific methodologies of craftsmanship, tools, materials, and representation in both 2D and 3D outcomes. Fundamental spatial explorations, particularly focused on atmosphere, the body and site will be explored in conjunction with basic topics of scale, proportion, composition, ergonomics, context, light climate, terrain, approach, arrival, threshold, sequence, flexibility, and circulation through project-based exercises in the design studio and in a landscape context. An experiential understanding of movement in time and space is a primary emphasis of the studio content. The studio work shall be linked directly to concurrent studies in drawing techniques, history and theory and environmental studies. Integrated in this subject is an environmental studies component which explores architecture and its place in the built environment. This shall introduce a range of concepts and intuitive levels of understanding in building science with regard to technology and the environment. Primary passive solar design techniques, ventilation, environmental performance, and thermal comfort shall be studied, and basic examinations of acoustics and lighting are to be covered.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in May 2020: $5,010

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a foundation of visual, spatial, and material literacy, forming the foundation of the student’s vocabulary as a designer, assimilating information, precedents, and approaches to design thinking. Visual and conceptual abstraction is a key intellectual outcome. It is essential that the student becomes aware of the functional and aesthetic relationships between space, form, light and materials. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 1.1, 1.2, 2.1).
2. Demonstrate abilities for inquiry, organisation and comparison of information/resources, critical observation & reflection on relevant issues, and coherence of argument. Observation and critical reflection are tested through the student’s individual study. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 2.2, 3.2, 6.1, 6.2).
3. Demonstrate basic architectural skills in 2D, 3D, oral and written communication (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 2.1, 2.2, 7.1 and 7.2).
4. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental performance based aspects of building design, including structural principles, daylight/lighting level analysis, thermal analysis, ventilation and acoustic analysis. Students shall learn to use building and analysis as a generator of form, and/or as a specific set of characteristics which modulate how buildings are both built and experienced. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 2.1, 2.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 7.1).
5. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the material world in architecture, and how technological and environmental design involve the resourcing, configuration, and deployment of material in a variety of contexts (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 2.1, 2.2, 6.1 and 6.2).
6. Demonstrate effective communication, collaborative and organisational skills in a group setting (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.2).

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