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ARCH72-401: Architecture Design Studio 7


Architecture Design Studio 7 is the first studio in the Masters sequence. This studio-based subject shall focus upon the development of a single architectural project over the duration of the semester which explores subjects related to the cultural, environmental, technical, social or political context. Projects will be developed to a high degree of resolution in terms of spatial and experiential quality, technical proficiency, and conceptual rigour, as well as the aesthetic and ethical qualities of the design proposal. The studio shall be underpinned by theoretical readings and/or precedent studies, with these themes being read comparatively against international perspectives and projects. Projects in the studio will vary in scale, site, typology, theme, user-group, and complexity. 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. Students should begin to establish an architectural position or attitude through the work of the studio that may help to underpin future independent research. The studio is complimented by a companion stream driven by one or more of the School’s architectural research focus areas.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in May 2020: $9,580

Learning outcomes

1. Synthesise complex sets of information in regard to a project brief, the socio-political context of the project, and the technical opportunities which can be employed toward the successful resolution of the project whilst maintaining respect for issues of sustainability, regulations, functional imperatives, and broader implications of disciplinary evolution (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.2.1, 1.3.1 and AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 1)
2. Apply technical solutions and appropriate level of communication through representation techniques that are clear and evocative at the level of both concept and detail (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards 1.1.4, 1.2.3 and AIA Tertiary Education Policy categories 2 and 7)
3. Demonstrate cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence, reference to precedent and theory, and to develop a clear methodology to test and evaluate proposals and possibilities (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards 1.2.2 and 3.1, and AIA Tertiary Education Policy categories 1, 2, and 3)
4. Address environmental concerns that incorporate appropriate and judicious relationships between a building, its occupants, and its surrounding context/environment (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards 1.3.3 and AIA Tertiary Education Policy categories 2 and 6)
5. Incorporate structural systems, construction materials, elements, and components in relation to the design concept and strategies for implementation of the proposed building, including their communication and evaluation through drawing and modelling (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards 1.3.2, 1.5.1 and AIA Tertiary Education Policy categories 1, 2, and 7) 6. formative development of a position in relation to future independent practise-based research activity in the form of the masters thesis, demonstrated through initial reflective written work (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 5.2 and 7.2).
6. Critically reflect upon one's work through writing, and to put that work into the context of more broad research areas, precedents, and communities of practice (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards 1.1 and AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 1).

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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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