Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 8

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 8

Credit Points: 36.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Julia Werner

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3806

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.53

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of Design Studios 1 to 7; ARCH 1161 - ARCH 1171.

Course Description

This course aims to enable you to bring together and demonstrate knowledge and skills learned throughout your studies in the Landscape Architecture Program. Through this advanced studio based study experience, your work is expected to make a contribution to the theory and practice of landscape architecture. In a graduating  level studio your work needs to be of a standard deemed worthy of a potential landscape architect, exiting this institution and thus be available for accreditation with the overseeing professional body, AILA.  This course offers you an opportunity  to further develop your design research skills, focusing on something which sparks your curiosity and inspires you. Your tutors will support and facilitate this research through critiques, ongoing feedback, workshops etc, but self directed research is a key component to a successful graduating project. This course also offers you the chance to be involved in a  study tour and to be exposed and explore broader ideas around landscape architecture in remote Australia. Projects that engage with outback Australia are common to this course however as a graduating student the opportunity to investigate a topic of your choice is also supported.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The Capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. They include the ability to:

  • apply critical thinking to design approaches for urban design tasks;
  • operate at appropriate broad scales in adding to the body of knowledge and ideas around urban design; 
  • understand and design with consideration to specific locations, positions and contexts.
  • Position these ideas within the current body of understanding relating to urban design knowledge.
  • explore a range of design processes
  • explore research methodologies
  • challenge normative practice through design
  • critiquing projects by engaging in reflective practice
  • produce innovative forms of design

Upon Successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate a high standard of design literacy and independent research including the ability to:

  • Analyse a given condition and consider relevant constraints.
  • Reflect on and assess your own body of design practice work in a considered and articulate manner
  • Respond to relevant design questions and problems through constructive and integrative design practices and proposals.
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the global context for landscape architectural design and an ability to situate that body of design work in relation to relevant precedent. 
  • Integrate design proposals across a range of scales, design experiences and environments based on an understanding of design as a speculative and analytical process for addressing relevant landscape architectural questions and problematics.
  • Identify design obstacles and opportunities, propose relevant design responses, and develop strategies for implementation of an integrative landscape architectural project.
  • Adapt critically and creatively to unforeseen design situations or outcomes that engage with landscape’s inherent complexity 
  • demonstrate a high level of proficiency in representational communication skills that include graphical, drawings, physical modelling, and other modes of relevant representation
  • Utilise advanced oral and written skills to enable clear arguments to be articulated and developed.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials,workshops, field trips,  intermediate critique session and the final examination.

A range of lectures from internal staff and invited guests will supplement the learning experience and provide a broad insight into how you might approach, process and develop your own projects as you move towards the final examination.

A number of workshops will be undertaken both in the class room on campus and in the field during the field trip. The intention of these workshops is to provide you with methods in combining both ideas and theories in developing your design project and exploring opportunities of design as you develop your project and move towards examination. The workshops are also an opportunity for your to gain an additional feedback from staff other than your tutor. These workshops are integral to the role undertaken in professionally practising design offices and emulate the workshops environment undertaken  where they develop critical, contemporary design outcomes. This experience puts you in good stead for similar  experiences you will face in the landscape architecture industry  after successfully graduating.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at:

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at:

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English:


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for  this course is project based, whereby the final project examination makes up 100% of the final grade.

An archive is also to be submitted a week after this examination for use by the program as a record of your project and future resource.