Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 6

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Christine Phillips and Patrick Macasaet

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 100.9

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Arch 1005 - Architecture Design 5

Course Description

The course ARCH 1006 is undertaken in the context of design studio programs. Design studios aim to develop, apply and test your architectural design skills. This entails developing an understanding of a selected range of technical, theoretical, historical and professional issues, the ability to integrate this understanding into their design proposals and the communication techniques necessary to demonstrate this. Each studio develops a program of study to suit your studio theme. Refer to individual studio poster and balloting presentation for details of each studio and specific objectives.
The course ARCH 1006 is part of the vertically integrated Architecture Upper Pool Design Studio program which involves ARCH1006, ARCH 1330, ARCH 1333 and ARCH 1335. It is the capstone design course of the Bachelor of Architectural Design program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

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

• Apply design knowledge to an architectural problem.
• Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgement on a selected range of technical, programmatic, theoretical, historical and professional issues and their implications for the building design, as outlined by each studio program.
• Integrate and make manifest a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into the design process, within the time deadlines given by each studio.
• Investigate & comprehend architecture and its relationship towards location, program, form and representation.
• Demonstrate & articulate design skills through an iterative and considered design process, to resolve ideas from concept formation through to design development.
• Communicate design ideas to high standard, demonstrating through the 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. These projects are communicated through are communicated through different types of drawings and models. Your projects will undergo a continuous cycles of reviewing, verbal feedback and reflection between staff, peers and students. Your work is presented verbally, critiqued and submitted in a portfolio of drawings and images.
Apart from this, you may receive all or some of the following learning experiences:

• Excursions to examine some piece of exemplar work.
• Lectures either by in-house staff or invited guests, to expound on some aspect of some piece of exemplar work.
• Remote recording and analysis of data pertinent to the task in hand.
• Fabrication of models and components relevant to the task in hand, under qualified supervision in the Faculty workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

The individual studios on offer will provide you with guides and outlines specific to their projects.
The studio balloting posters and balloting presentations describe these, and form the basis of selecting a studio, and its guide to the semester’s activities. It is important that you are familiar with this information, including studios you do not ballot.
Your studio project leader may provide additional resources specific to the project, and may direct you to other resources in the course.
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, Gwen Scott

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.
You will receive formative assessment through verbal feedback on a weekly basis from your tutor in response to the particular tasks you have been set. Your work will be formally reviewed in progress at a mid semester review, in which you will present your work. At this stage you will receive a guiding feedback form. If your progress is unsatisfactory and you are in danger of failing this course, you will be informed at this stage.

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.

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

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