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SRD741 - Architectural Design Research Studio

Unit details


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Jules Moloney





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour studio per week


SRD741 aims to introduce ADR theory;  use a range of ADR techniques to extend your design skills; and in the process generate schematic designs that you can develop in SRD766 Architecture Masterclass Studio.

A series of lectures introduce ADR theory and techniques, in support of the central activity of the unit - designing in the studio. ADR is a form of abductive reasoning, where a proposition is explored through a cyclic process of iterative design and critical reflection. You probably have used iteration process in other design units. The difference with this ADR studio is the range of techniques you will use and the explicit documentation of your design process and thinking.

For the first 8 weeks, each studio will involve intense drawing and modelling iteration sessions using different approaches to formulating a design idea. The approaches used will range from the theoretical and contextual to the functional and technical. In the final 3 weeks, you will select what you consider the most promising of your design iterations and extend these to propose a schematic design – diagrams, drawings and models that describe the essential aspects of an architectural project. This schematic design will form the starting point for SRD766 Architecture Masterclass Studio.


Design exploration portfolio stage 1 30%, design exploration portfolio stage 2 30%, schematic design 40%

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