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ARCH71-127: Design Thesis Research and Development


This subject focuses on each student’s forthcoming Master of Architecture Design Thesis as its subject matter relates to design research, also called evidence-based design. The goal is to introduce methodological, representational, and intellectual means of innovative and critical thinking in order to inspire design excellence. Students are assessed based on investigatory assignments which involve developing theoretical framework and design concepts relevant to one’s Master of Architecture Design Thesis through reading, reflecting, writing and visual representation. This includes explorations of such issues as conceptual ideas, initial design hypotheses and options, site selection and analysis, programming, brief development, and other pertinent tasks in the evolving thesis proposal. The outcome is presented to a review panel at the end of the Design Thesis Research + Development subject for evaluation and approval, as a foundation for the design solutions in the subsequent stages. The aim of the coursework is also to produce most of the written part of the Master of Architecture thesis prior to the thesis semester.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,010
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,140

Learning outcomes

1. Acquire, evaluate, and critically reflect upon different design discipline research methodologies. 2. Define a theoretical framework based on existing knowledge demonstrated through literature review including correct referencing. 3. Situate a conceptual position for a design thesis within communities of practice. 4. Provide quantitative and/or qualitative evidence for design thinking and considerations. 5. Create a design report using written and visual techniques to critically convey preliminary design thesis information including site, brief, stakeholders, sociocultural and environmental analyses as a coherent and comprehensive thesis statement.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?
  • 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 opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022
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