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ARCH12-213: Architecture Design Studio 3


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.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: ARCH12-213
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Credit: 20
Study areas:
  • Architecture

Learning outcomes

  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. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. Demonstrate effective communication, collaborative and organisational skills in a group setting (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.2).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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).

Enrolment requirements



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.

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.