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ARCH12-214: Architecture Design Studio 4


The fourth studio in the design sequence shall further investigate issues of program and context for their impact on determining organisational and compositional outcomes in architecture. The context will shift to a non-urban scenario with a greater degree of programmatic complexity covering both the built form and the landscape. The project will explore civic/public building types, while investigating social and cultural issues, connection to environment, site and place, experiential qualities and appropriate climatic design strategies. The project shall be explored through both manual and digital techniques. Knowledge of conceptual design, construction methodology, materiality and structural concepts will draw upon previous semesters with reference to architectural and landscape design precedents.

The integrated technology component of the studio shall examine the impact of climatic factors upon design outcomes, and shall utilise principles and analytical techniques of passive solar design, design of the thermal envelope, understanding of thermal comfort, minimisation of energy/resource consumption, and natural climatic phenomena that can be predicted (sun, wind, seasonal change, etc). Climate design shall be taught through case study investigation, collaborative work, and project based assessment. The integration of this knowledge should be evident in its incorporation into the Design Studio project.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $8,680

Learning outcomes

1. Apply their developed design skills to address non-urban scenarios with understanding of place and considered response to appropriate situation of a complex, medium sized structure. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.6.1 and 3.6.2)
2. Undertake 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).
3. Apply their developed 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. Apply their developed 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. 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. 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).
8. Demonstrate understanding of the application of the relevant codes and standards (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.4.1).
9. Apply their developed knowledge and ability to apply strategies for climatically responsive design technologies (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.6.1 and 3.6.2)

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  • 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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