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ARCH71-123: Architecture and Urbanism Studio: High Performance Building


Architecture + Urbanism Studio: High Performance Buildings focuses upon the research and design of a single, comprehensive architectural project over the duration of the semester through either a civic or hybrid typology. Students will engage with a broad community of professionals, stakeholders, and programmatic conditions. Students shall conduct rigorous analysis and research to inform high-quality design outcomes that are attendant to social, ethical, regulatory, technical, procurement, and environmental issues.

Students are expected to develop projects to a high degree of resolution in terms of spatial and experiential quality, technical proficiency, and conceptual rigour, underpinned by theoretical and historical knowledge, and communicated clearly. The work of the studio will demonstrate competency across fundamental architectural skills including brief writing and analysis, site analysis, conceptual and design development, detailed documentation, and integration of building services and structures to result in a highly-resolved and technically proficient proposal.

Projects in the studio will be of a large scale, urban setting, and complex building type with a thematic emphasis that will change from year to year under the umbrella of contributing to the overall research direction of the School of Architecture. Students will be expected to engage in the studio with a high degree of individual motivation, resourcefulness, and inquisitiveness as would be expected of professional level studies.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $7,515
  • Commencing in 2023: $7,710

Learning outcomes

1. Integrate contemporary architectural and urbanism technology, practice and discourse in the design of a complex architectural project. 2. Research, analyse, and integrate relevant aspects of historical, theoretic, and sociocultural precedents and themes to critically inform design decisions. 3. Develop and document design proposals using industry standard software and communication tools, including drawing, models, 3d visualisations, and physical models. 4. Creatively and imaginatively implement aesthetic and functional resolution of a project design including project briefing, site planning, spatial requirements, building occupancy and circulation, and formal composition. 5. Test, evaluate, and propose through detailed documentation the integration of comprehensive building services, engineering structures, and environmental systems to support a holistic project solution and procurement strategy. 6. Work collaboratively and individually as part of a design project lifecycle and critically reflect on how design activity generates new skills and discoveries.

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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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022