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SRD742 - Architectural Design Master Studio B

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Ross T Smith




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour class per week, 1 x 4 hour studio per week


SRD742 Architectural Design Master Studio B introduces students to design studio practices at master level through three streams, of which students can select one for the duration of the unit: theory, urban or technology. All three streams and the design project briefs that each of them will undertake in the unit will:

  1. focus on the public and political agenda of architecture and
  2. holistically integrate sustainability approaches, concepts and principles considering project specific requirements.

Through a framework of quantitative and qualitative measures, the projects will be focused on the design of a building, a group of buildings, or any other type of complex architectural intervention in real and hypothetical scenarios that explore the programmatic richness and diversity of architecture and the urban context. The environmental agenda integrated in this studio will focus on the performance of materialisation of architecture, from the selection of building material to tectonics and analysis of specialised building envelopes. The context into which the conceptual, architectural or urban proposal is integrated will play a major role in both the analysis and synthesis phases of the design process. Conceptual, architectural, and urban spaces will be explored, defined and described through a wide range of architectural tools and documents.


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


To investigate and analyse real urban environmental
cultural, physical and social architectural challenges
explain their significance, causes and consequences
in order to build a rigorous base for the formulation of alternative solutions.

GLO3: Digital literacy


To create a well-rounded architectural response to an urban environment, achieving a balance between professional practice and speculative exploration of design alternatives. 

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


To apply and integrate knowledge of architecture theory and technology to develop and manage architecture projects
demonstrating initiative and judgement for professional practice.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


To reflect on the physical and non-physical changing conditions of the urban context and its climate
and create resilient and adaptive design responses. 

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


To research and critically analyse the environmental implications of public and political agendas in the built environment and to reflect on synergies between the requirements of these agendas, tectonic characteristics and environmental responsibility.

GL02: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


To demonstrate how the requirements of the design brief have been satisfied while establishing synergies between public and political agendas, tectonic requirements
and environmental responsibility. 

GLO6: Self-management


To communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly
using oral, visual, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes, to inform, motivate and persuade specialist and non-specialist audiences about architectural ideas and designs.

GLO2: Communication

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
Analysis and project concept exploration Drawings, models, and oral presentation 20% Week 4
Environmental performance analysis portfolio Portfolio 30% Week 9
Project presentation Drawings, models, and oral presentation 50% Week 12

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: SRD742 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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