Course Title: Landscape Architecture Masters Design Research Project B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Masters Design Research Project B

Credit Points: 36.00



Course Coordinator: Bridget Keane

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2968

Course Coordinator Email: bridget.keane@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 100.8

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:

ARCH1365 Landscape Architecture Design Research Project A


Course Description

Landscape Architecture Design Research Project A and B are understood as a one-year exploration and development of a self-directed design research project.

In LA Design Research Project A, you developed a design research project proposal. LA Design Research Project B extends from and builds on this proposal through the development and formal refinement of a project at a range of scales. This project and the larger research context will be communicated through a presentation, exhibition and project document.

This course is the capstone to the MLA program, where you will develop skills to articulate, position and develop your design approach to prepare for entry into the profession.

You will synthesise the capabilities that you have developed throughout the program including analysis, critical thinking, communication techniques, formal techniques and positioning within the discipline.


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 including relevant reference projects, drawings, writing from Landscape Architecture or related fields of enquiry to inform your project.
  • Position the design research project ambition within the discourse of landscape architecture and in relation to a broader thematic.
  • Develop and refine design techniques for analysis, site forming and form making closely related to your project aims.
  • Reflect on project ambitions and outcomes.
  • Communicate the design research project within three distinct modes of presentation - the public presentation, a curated exhibition and a curated document of the completed body of work.


Overview of Learning Activities

Research through design is conducted through a variety of modes. 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 research as well as complete a range of design exercises throughout the semester. These design exercises may require multiple site visits and the demonstration of techniques of site analysis and documentation, design concept generation, design development, design resolution and design communication.

You are expected to engage with wider cultural discourses of creative practice. These include your peers, the community of practice in the program and the broader discourses of 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. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your instructor, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. The University Library has extensive resources for 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Task: 3 Part Project Presentation (100%) The assessment for this course is design project-based and comprises of a set of key milestones culminating in a 1) verbal presentation, 2) exhibition layout and 3) design document. The written component of the task will be approximately 3,000 words or equivalent. The final grade is based on how well you holistically meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Your will be given feedback on your progress on your project during the semester, including twice during the semester when a formal panel will be convened to provide formative feedback.