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ARCH72-501: Architecture Design Studio 9


Architecture Studio 9 is the third 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 a contemporary 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, project brief, 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. Additionally, students will build upon previous exercises from Studio 7 and 8, to develop a clearly articulated area of interest for the architectural design thesis to be investigated in the final Masters thesis studio. The studio is complimented by a companion stream driven by one or more of the School’s architectural research focus areas.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: ARCH72-501
EFTSL: 0.250
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Credit: 20
Study areas:
  • Architecture
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2021: $9,920.00
  • Commencing in 2021: $10,800.00

Learning objectives

1. Synthesize 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. 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. 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)

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.