Course Title: Landscape Architecture Masters Design Research Project B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Masters Design Research Project B

Credit Points: 48


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Design


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

Course Coordinator: Bridget Keane

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2968

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.8

Course Coordinator Availability: Availability by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Arch 1365 Landscape Architecture Masters Design Research Project A before you commence this course.

Course Description

The final year of the Masters of Landscape Architecture Design Research Project A & B are to be understood as a year-long exploration and development of an individually generated design research practice.

The LA masters design research project B course is to utilise conventions, representation, and form production as distinct means of further developing and concluding your design research practice.

This course aims to build on the research project framework you each developed in LA masters design research project A through focused techniques, approaches, modes of representation, and modes of positioning to enable your individual design research practice to be resolved and clearly defined within the discipline of landscape architecture.

LA Masters Design Research Project B incorporates a work integrated learning experience in which knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry, community, and government bodies are integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.

Some of the Program Capabilities which will be developed through this course are:

  • Initiate, execute and situate substantial Landscape Architectural design research projects which demonstrate an engagement with urban and global complexities and an applied critical knowledge of the ecological, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues of Landscape Architecture
  • Generate innovative outcomes for Landscape Architecture design projects at a range of scales through a mastery of practice which synthesizes creative, critical, analytical, reflective and theoretical thinking skills
  • Effectively and fluently disseminate design research across disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences through a mastery of communication skills in a range of forms and media which shows a sophisticated understanding of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture
  • Express a high level of personal responsibility within independent design research projects combining an ability to employ a range of design processes for the generation and evaluation of design research projects
  • Interrogate, question, engage and act in a broad range of social and cultural situations, and demonstrate effective teamwork and collaborative practices including an openness to others from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds
  • Evidence the capacity to be an agent for change and innovation in the profession of Landscape Architecture in local and global contexts and in wider society as a whole

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the ability to:

  • collect, analyse and connect information (projects, drawings,precendents) from related fields of enquiry to inform your mode of enquiry and its expected outcomes.
  • position the design research project ambition within a particular field of enquiry in landscape architecture and a broader thematic.
  • develop and refine design techniques for analysis, site forming and form making related to a disciplinary field of enquiry in landscape architecture.
  • formulate particular conclusions with specific reference to the design project position and disciplinary field of landscape architecture.
  • to communicate the design research project within three distinct modes of presentation; the public presentation of the design project, a curated exhibition of the completed body of work, and a curated catalogue of the completed body of work.


Overview of Learning Activities

Research through design is conducted via a variety of modes associated to each individual’s body of work. This includes group and individual activities, workshops, tutorials, intensive field trips, seminars, lectures, forums and demonstrations.

You will be expected to develop and pursue your own lines of independent research as well as complete a range of design exercises throughout the semester. These design exercises may require multiple site visits, and the practice of manifold techniques of site analysis and documentation, design concept generation, design development, design refinement and resolution, and design communication (re/presentation).

You are expected to engage with the wider cultural discourses of creative practice. This includes ‘the arts’ as well as Landscape Architecture, Urbanism and Architecture.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University Library has extensive resources for Landscape 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

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students.

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 assessment for this course is design project-based and comprises of a set of key milestone presentations. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks

Equitable Learning Services

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.


Assessment Policy

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: