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ARCH72-502: Architecture and Urbanism: Design Thesis Studio January 2020 [Standard]

General information

The Architecture + Urbanism: 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 + 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 + 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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH72-502
Subject title:Architecture + Urbanism: Thesis Studio
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:20

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Supervised self-directed work and mentor/ supervisor feedback
  • Studio: x12 (Total hours: 60) - Supervised self-directed work and mentor / supervisor feedback
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 144) - Personal Project Work
Attendance and learning activities: 80% attendance required to allow for contribution to team based in-class exercises and evaluation of progress.


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. 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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Capstone Project ^ Creative Individual design thesis project, presentation, and visualisation 80% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4.
*Evaluation Portfolio Written critical reflection and process documentation 20% 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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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Students to demonstrate a development of their initial Concept Design work completed at the end of the Thesis Prep semester towards a single more developed concept.

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Students to demonstrate a development of their Concept Design work completed at the end of Week 1 towards Schematic Design Stage

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Students to demonstrate a development of their Schematic Design work completed at the end of Week 4 towards Design Development Stage.

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Students to present their ongoing design work towards a highly resolved completion.

Desktop discussions with thesis supervisors

Final presentation preparation

Presentation of their completed design and research work, and the submission of a portfolio which contains their completed written Thesis component.

Approved on: Nov 11, 2019. Edition: 3.1