Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 9

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Design Studio 9

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


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
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 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Vicky Lam

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

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed ARCH1333 - Architecture Design 8 before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

The course ARCH 1335 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 range of technical, theoretical, historical and professional issues, the ability to integrate this understanding into your design proposals and the communication techniques necessary to demonstrate these. Each studio develops a program of study to suit their studio theme. Individual studio balloting posters and presentations provide details of each studio and specific objectives.

The course ARCH1335 is part of the vertically integrated Master of Architecture Design Studio series which integrates ARCH1006, ARCH 1330, ARCH 1333 and ARCH 1335. The series is designed for you to develop & enhance your ability to exercise a high level of independence, initiative & self guidance in the execution of the design project. It is the third design course of the Master of Architecture degree program and the final studio leading to the Architecture Major Project course. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Identify, assess and synthesise expert design knowledge to solve a range of complex architectural problems in diverse contexts through original design proposals 
  •  Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed arguments on a complex range of architectural problems and situations 
  •  Demonstrate advanced design skills through iterative and considered design process, to resolve ideas from concept formation through to design development, 
  •  Master an advanced body of knowledge and specific research and technical skills, demonstrating judgement by challenging and extending this knowledge in architecture through your design work 
  •  Research and examine a large range of local and international architectural works, cultural movements and ideas, their theoretical and cultural context and relevance to design in order to form a reasoned position and apply this through design 
  •  Professionally communicate, transmit and defend complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media to specialist and non-specialist audiences


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply design knowledge to an architectural problem.
  2. 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.
  3. Integrate and make manifest a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into the design process, within the time deadlines given by each studio.
  4. Investigate & comprehend architecture and its relationship towards location, program, form and representation.
  5. Demonstrate & articulate design skills through an iterative and considered design process, to resolve ideas from concept formation through to design development.
  6. Communicate design ideas to high standard, demonstrating through the building design & its representation the aims & claims that are made for the building design.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a studio group which you have balloted from a pool of offerings, each with differentiated themes. You will design projects according to the themes and agendas of that studio.

Individual studio balloting posters and presentations provide details of each studio and specific objectives and activities. 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 you as a participant. 

Studios involve a range of learning activities depending on the nature of the design project. They may include class pin-ups and presentations, one on one reviews, workshops and symposia. 

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 holistically on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 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 verbal feedback on a weekly basis from your tutor in response to the particular tasks you have been set.

Your work will also 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.

Graded Final Assessment: Final Project 100% (all Course Learning Outcomes linked), evidenced in your final presentation and digital portfolio.

The digital portfolio is a record of the development of work done during the studio along with a reflection by you on the work. This reflection can be done through annotation of images or short descriptions.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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

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