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ARCH12-213: Architecture Design Studio 3 September 2017 [Standard]

General information

The third studio in the design sequence again engages students in a project in the urban environment. Projects shall build on the key topics covered in Studios 1 and 2, this time with an emphasis on dwelling, culture and society. Issues surrounding the densification of the city will be investigated in conjunction with the continued development of sensory and climatic design strategies. Projects shall be explored through both manual and digital techniques. Construction methodology, materiality and structural concepts will be explored concurrently with the technology and design communications streams. The integrated technology component of this subject focuses upon building and structural systems through further analysis of specific materials and detailed case study construction documentation. Studies shall again involve tectonics of materiality, structure, detail and the manufacturing and fabrication processes involved. The material qualities of weight, colour, surface, reflectivity, luminosity, transparency, opacity, translucency, resonance and solidity are investigated alongside their mechanical, material and structural capabilities and properties. Principles in the consideration of material employment, such as dimension, scale, composition, integrity, energy use, economy, climate, durability, weathering and context are also explored. The subject will also provide an understanding of the building project cycle, procurement methods and awareness of the relevant codes and standards. Representational techniques used to communicate construction systems shall be explored and integrated via concurrent studies in design communications.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH12-213
Subject title:Architecture Design Studio 3
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2017
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Studio 1
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Studio 2
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Studio 3
Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Lectures and Tutorials). Most sessions build on the work on the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in tutorials and labs will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject. While attendance alone is not an assessed portion of the subject mark, the ability for faculty to evaluate each student on his or her PROGRESS in the subject is only possible through direct face-to-face contact within the design studio. Students who do not attend classes regularly will not be able to be adequately assessed.


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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • SD-90006 Bachelor of Architectural Studies OR BN-10021 Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  • ARCH11-212 Architecture Design Studio 2

Co-requisites: ?

  • ARCH12-115 Design Communication: Building Information Modelling
Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Conceptual abstraction, analysis, understanding, identification and observation of site, context, people, precedents and scenarios in regard to one's design work (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to develop and test articulate, considered, creative, thoughtful, climatically astute and contextual formal responses to architectural scenarios, particularly in relation to the public realm and an urban context (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2).
  3. Develop a fundamental understanding of key organizational spatial and planning strategies and their relationship to circulation, climate, structure, construction systems, materiality and programmatic adjacencies (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2).
  4. To develop understanding and knowledge of sensory aspects of architecture, and the phenomenology of experience paralleled by the measurement of the environment (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.6.1 and 3.6.2).
  5. Demonstrate effective communication, collaborative and organisational skills in a group setting (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.2).
  6. Ability to represent and test increasingly complex spatial and organizational concepts and construction and technical assemblies with 2D, 3D, written and oral forms of representation (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.1, 3.7.2).
  7. Awareness and ability to develop and apply design thinking to assembly & construction systems (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2).
  8. Demonstrate understanding of mid-to-high level complexity structural and construction systems, tectonics and their assembly and fabrication methods combined with the resulting organizational and economic implications (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2).
  9. Demonstrate understanding of application of appropriate materials in assembly and construction systems and how technological and environmental design involve the resourcing, configuration, and deployment of material in a variety of contexts (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.7.2).
  10. Develop awareness of the building project cycle and various methods of building procurement and a basic understanding of the application of the relevant codes and standards (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.4.1).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*In-Class Quiz - Individual Technology Quiz 9% Progressive 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Design Project § Design Studio Project 1 7% Week 2 1, 4, 5.
Design Project Design Studio Project 2 21% Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Project Technology Project 1 6% Week 5 6, 7, 8, 9.
Project § Technology Project 2 12% Week 11 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Design Project Design Studio Project 3 35% Week 14* 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
*Showcase Portfolio ^ Design Studio Final Portfolio 7% Week 14* 2, 3, 4, 6.
*Showcase Portfolio ^ Technology Portfolio 3% Week 14* 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Pass requirement

A pass grade is required in both technology and studio components to pass the overall ARCH12-213 subject.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Approved on: Jul 31, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.