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ARCH11-111: Architecture Design Studio 1 January 2018 [Standard]

General information

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.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH11-111
Subject title:Architecture Design Studio 1
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Studio 1
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Studio 2
Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Lectures and Tutorials). Most sessions build on the work of 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.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
In-Class Quiz - Individual Technology Quizzes 15% Ongoing 3, 4, 5.
Design Project Studio Project 1 14% Week 3 1, 2, 3.
Design Project § Studio Project 2 14% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 6.
Showcase Portfolio Technology Portfolio 15% Week 13 3, 4, 5.
Showcase Portfolio Sketchbook & Studio Portfolio 7% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Design Project Studio Project 3 35% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Pass requirement

A pass grade is required in both technology and studio components to pass the overall ARCH11-111 subject. Exams/Quizzes shall be conducted in the studio at scheduled times. The final project review shall constitute the 'final exam' for studio. This shall take place at the very end of the semester. Attendance and participation at the review is compulsory.

  • § 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.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

An all school design charette is scheduled for the beginning week of the semester. All students are expected to attend without exception. A two night field trip and Brisbane day trip is scheduled for the middle of the semester. All students are expected to attend. Attendance at all Architecture Lecture Series events is also required. Events take place at 6.00pm in the forum, Abedian School of Architecture Building on Thursday.

Subject curriculum

All School Charette. Studio Culture, Analysis/Observation, Scale/Dimension

Adaption, Appropriation, Technique, Process

Body in Space

Poetics of space, conceptual art, human scale, designing in section

Craft, Making, Narrative

Tectonics, Structure

Sense of place, Context/Conditions, Site Research, Terrain/Territory, Landscape

Space palnning, Circulation, Program, Moving through space, Threshold

Approach/Arrival, Relationship to ground

Dwelling & Meaning, Flexibility

Presentation Methods

Presentation Methods

Approved on: Nov 14, 2017. Edition: 1.1