Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 2

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Christine Phillips

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3555

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course ARCH 1000 - Architecture Design and Communications before you commence this course. 

Course Description

The course ARCH 1001 is undertaken in the context of lower pool design studio program and is the first of the 4 vertically integrated lower pool design studios. The design studios aim to develop, apply and test your architectural design skills. This entails:

•Your developing an understanding of a selected range of technical, theoretical, historical, environmental and professional issues.
•Your ability to integrate this understanding into design proposals.
•Your application of the communication techniques necessary to demonstrate this.

Studio programs for design level ARCH 1001 require you to formally locate your work in the appropriate historical, theoretical, or technical context and will include an appropriate program of seminars, lectures and tutorials to support this. Each studio develops a tailored study program to suit the particular studio theme.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning is an interactive, participatory process involving both teachers and students and the success of the class depends on the levels of input from all the participants.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

• Apply design knowledge to an architectural problem at a basic level.
• Evaluate the relationship of a selected range of technical, programmatic, theoretical, historical and professional issues and their implications for building design.
• Synthesise a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into the design process.
• Comprehend architecture and its relationship with location, program, form and representation.
• Demonstrate design skills through an iterative and considered design process, to resolve your ideas from concept formation through to design development at a basic level.
• Communicate your design ideas at a basic level, demonstrating through your building design & its representation, the aims & claims that are made for the building design.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• apply design knowledge to solve a range of architectural problems in diverse contexts
• critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgment on a wide range of architectural problems and situations
• demonstrate and articulate design skills from concept formation through to design development
• integrate a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into your design process
• comprehend key architectural works, cultural movements and ideas, their theoretical and cultural
context and relevance to design
• communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media
• reflect upon your learning achievements in design, taking responsibility for your future design direction
and continued learning
• develop an awareness of environmental factors affecting the built environment

Overview of Learning Activities

 You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. The mode of learning in the architectural design studio is primarily through ‘practicing and doing’, the core of which is the design studio project. Characteristic of this mode of teaching will be the experience of regularly verbally presenting, discussing and explaining your project work in a formal critique process communicated through different types of drawings and models. Your projects will undergo a continuous cycle of reviewing, verbal feedback and reflection between staff, peers and students. At the end of the semester, your work will be presented verbally, critiqued and then you will submit a portfolio of drawings and images that capture the complete semester’s work.


Overview of Learning Resources

The individual studio leaders will provide you with their specific semester syllabus in class and related texts or reference material.
The studio balloting posters and balloting presentations will describe the studio’s individual syllabus content and the semester’s activities and will form the basis for you to select a studio. It is important that you are familiar with this information and that you attend the ballot presentations to give you an overview of all studio offerings and the lower pool design studio culture.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
The University Library has extensive resources for architecture students. The library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:
The library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your liaison librarian, Tristan Badham,

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. The evidence for your learning outcomes will be in the design projects you present through a variety of visual and verbal means that will culminate in the form of a portfolio.
You will receive formative and diagnostic assessment and feedback on a weekly basis from your tutor in response to the particular tasks you have been set. Your work in progress will be formally presented and reviewed at a mid-semester review. In week 12 will have your last studio session before the final presentation of your work in week 14.

If you have a long term medical condition and / or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. 

A student charter charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: