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

Course Coordinator: Ben Milbourne

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 1333 - Architecture Design 8

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 ARCH 1335 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 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

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.

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.
As a student in ARCH1006, ARCH 1330, ARCH 1333 and ARCH 1335 you are expected to:
• Develop & enhance your ability to exercise a high level of independence, initiative & self guidance in the execution of the design project.
• Critically analyse & reflect on your work & the work of your classmates work in relation to the general architectural discourse, taking responsibility for your future design direction and continued learning.
• Position your design work in relation to architectural history, cultural movements and ideas, and their theoretical context and relevance to design.

Through the design studio projects you will demonstrate a wide and integrated range of skills and knowledge.These include:
•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

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.

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:

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.