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ARCH72-502: Architecture and Urbanism: Design Thesis Studio May 2017 [Standard]

General information

The Architecture Masters Thesis by Design 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. Building upon skills and concepts developed in Studios 7, 8, and 9 and other complementary subjects in the Master’s program, the final Masters studio shall focus upon topics defined by the student and approved by a nominated academic staff member serving as the student's Thesis Advisor. Projects will 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. The Thesis shall be underpinned by theoretical readings and/or precedent studies as carried out at the student's discretion and as per the imperatives established by the thesis topic, with these themes being read comparatively against international perspectives and projects. 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. Additionally, students shall develop and submit a written account and critical reflection of their thesis investigation of a minimum of 3000 words, which situates 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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH72-502
Subject title:Architecture Masters Thesis Studio
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Studio 1
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Studio 2


Prescribed resources:
  • Groat and Wang Architectural Research Methods. 2nd ed,
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Enrolment requirements

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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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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. The ability to 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 3.3.1)
  2. The ability to 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 3.3.2 and 3.3.7)
  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 3.3.1, 3.3.2, and 3.3.3)
  4. Ability to 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 3.3.2 and 3.3.6)
  5. Ability to 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 3.3.1, 3.3.2, and 3.3.7)
  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 3.5.2 and 3.7.2).
  7. The written articulation of the master thesis, as developed from a semester long period of weekly research, speculative writing, reflection, and investigation of a hypothetical proposition through design-based inquiry (ANZAPAP National Competency Standards context 1.1 and AIA Tertiary Education Policy categories 3.3.1, 3.3.3, 3.3.5, and 3.3.7).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Evaluation Portfolio ^ Written Critical Reflection and Process Documentation 20% Week 14* 1, 3, 6, 7.
Capstone Project ^ Major Design Thesis Project 80% Week 14* 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * 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.

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Subject curriculum

Major progress mid-review

Approved on: Mar 22, 2017. Edition: 1.1