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SRD741 - Architectural Design Research Studio

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Cecilia De Marinis
Trimester 3: Cecilia De Marinis




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

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.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Manage and take responsibility for an individual design project, including its definition and progress.

GLO6: Self-management


Identify and demonstrate the use of contextual
functional, technical, and theoretical factors towards the formulation of an architectural design.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Generate a schematic design using a range of iterative techniques and sophisticated principles of design.

GLO4: Critical thinkingg
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate knowledge of architectural design research methodology.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Synthesise and present sophisticated ideas of architectural intention through a range of visual
verbal and written communication.

GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Design exploration portfolio stage 1 Multiple written reports, 1,000-word maximum 30% Week 5
Design exploration portfolio stage Multiple written reports, 1,000-word maximum 30% Week 8
Schematic design Diagrams, drawings and models 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRD741 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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