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ARCH72-502: Architecture and Urbanism: Design Thesis Studio

Description

The Architecture and Urbanism: Design Thesis Studio is the final studio project in the Masters sequence and represents a synthesis of comprehensive architectural understanding. This studio-based subject shall focus upon the development of a single project over the duration of the semester which explores subjects related to a contemporary cultural, environmental, technical or social context. This subject builds upon skills and concepts developed in the Studios and other complementary subjects in the Master’s program.  The subject matter for this project will already have been agreed during the Design Thesis Research and Development subject, during which students will have undertaken a significant amount of research, site analysis, brief development, and concept design work. Projects are required to be developed to a high degree of resolution in terms of tectonic, spatial and experiential quality, contextual, cultural, social and environmental considerations, technical proficiency, and conceptual rigour to demonstrate the potential significance of the thesis proposition. Projects may vary in scale, site, project brief, and complexity per topic. Students will be expected to engage in the work of the thesis at the highest level of individual motivation, resourcefulness, and inquisitiveness as would be expected of professional level studies. Students shall develop and submit a written account and critical reflection of their thesis investigation of a minimum of 3000 words.  This work will have been started in the Design Thesis Research and Development subject, and aims to situate the work into a broader context to demonstrate, reflect, or question the validity of the thesis proposition and its impact upon the field and/or society at large. The thesis design is to be presented to fully communicate the nature of the project according to its context and theoretical underpinning.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: ARCH72-502
EFTSL: 0.250
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Semesters offered:
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Credit: 20
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2021: $9,920.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $10,020.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $10,280.00
  • Commencing in 2021: $10,800.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $10,800.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $11,080.00

Learning objectives

1. Demonstrate independent judgement and critical analysis skills to conceive, research, theoretically situate, develop, design and reflect on an architectural project from its inception. 2. Develop iterative speculative propositional design work in parallel with undertaking evidence-based design research to arrive at a synthesis of design resolution between the competing factors of a design project. 3. Present a body of design work that is developed from a clearly stated thesis question and is situated in the context of historical, theoretical, and disciplinary knowledge and awareness through written and visual presentation. 4. Create and evaluate design options for formal, spatial, material, sociocultural and environmental consideration through the tools of contemporary architectural visualization and making. 5. Demonstrate the ability to critique and reflect iteratively upon one’s design work to further develop a body of work and be able to contextualize that as knowledge within a broader disciplinary and cultural framework.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites:

Pre-requisites:

Co-requisites:

There are no co-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.

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.

Subject dates

  • Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 14/11/2021
    Semester start: 17/01/2022
    Subject start: 17/01/2022
    Cancellation 1: 31/01/2022
    Cancellation 2: 07/02/2022
    Last enrolment: 30/01/2022
    Withdraw - Financial: 12/02/2022
    Withdraw - Academic: 05/03/2022
    Teaching census: 11/02/2022
  • Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 17/07/2022
    Semester start: 12/09/2022
    Subject start: 12/09/2022
    Cancellation 1: 26/09/2022
    Cancellation 2: 03/10/2022
    Last enrolment: 25/09/2022
    Withdraw - Financial: 08/10/2022
    Withdraw - Academic: 29/10/2022
    Teaching census: 07/10/2022
  • Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 13/11/2022
    Semester start: 16/01/2023
    Subject start: 16/01/2023
    Cancellation 1: 30/01/2023
    Cancellation 2: 06/02/2023
    Last enrolment: 29/01/2023
    Withdraw - Financial: 11/02/2023
    Withdraw - Academic: 04/03/2023
    Teaching census: 10/02/2023
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens: 14/11/2021
Semester start: 17/01/2022
Subject start: 17/01/2022
Cancellation 1: 31/01/2022
Cancellation 2: 07/02/2022
Last enrolment: 30/01/2022
Withdraw - Financial: 12/02/2022
Withdraw - Academic: 05/03/2022
Teaching census: 11/02/2022