Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 5

Credit Points: 24.00

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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 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 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Jock Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 1856

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.52

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed ARCH1351 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 4 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 Lower Pool Design Studio stream consists of design research studios 2-5. In this stream you will be exposed to a breadth of approaches to design in Landscape Architecture. Each semester you will curate your design education by balloting from a range of studios offered by designers that engage directly with contemporary design issues.

Each studio will provide a focused body of knowledge that will include specific techniques for design generation, modes of drawing and making and theoretical and historical positioning as they relate to the studio brief. You will independently drive your project within this framework.

The Lower Pool stream aims to equip you with a range of approaches to landscape architecture in order to prepare you for entry into the Upper Pool stream to specialise in a particular area of design research.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. Professional designers may also form part of your presentation panel at the end of semester. Some projects may involve clients or actual projects where you will develop your design proposals within a scenario-based, simulated design practice environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge incorporating ecological, cultural, economic and ethical issues of landscape architecture in the medium of design using a range of design methods and practices.
  • Engage in design practice that is characterised by creative and critical thinking skills, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas that are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture.
  • Assume responsibility for own ongoing learning and use initiative and informed judgment to position ideas of practice in landscape architecture and across disciplines.
  • Reference technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and adapt relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for design practice to be an agent for problem solving and change; and be able to engage this understanding through design to make decisions with some independence.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how your ideas relate to the operational ideas of the studio and within the context of of landscape as a constructed space.
  • Modify the design techniques of the studio to produce a developed design outcome in relation to the brief.
  • Extend the tools of the studio to test ideas through material exploration. These may include models, drawings, prototypes and 1:1 installations.
  • Independently situate your ideas and work within the context of the studio.
  • Consciously use a practice of questioning to continually reflect on and refine your work and processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. The mode of teaching for design research studios is often characterised by the experience of regularly verbally presenting; discussing and explaining project work in a critique process. In addition learning experiences will typically include some or all of the following:

  • Project visits.
  • Lectures presented by either in-house staff or invited guests
  • Site visits, including documentation and analysis.
  • Peer discussions
  • Workshops to demonstrate specific design/making techniques.

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

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment occurs through a holistic evaluation of the completed design project in the form of a final presentation and portfolio. The grade is based on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

A formal presentation of your work in progress will occur mid semester point. A review panel will provide you with verbal feedback and the studio leader will provide written advice on how well you are progressing towards the final assessment.

Your work will be assessed holistically in the form of a final presentation of your design project to a review panel consisting of landscape architecture staff and an external panel member; and an individual portfolio of project with drawings and images assessed by your design studio leader.

All design studios are moderated at the conclusion of the semester where a panel that includes members external to the program review the work and results.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Final Presentation, 50%, CLOs 1, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Folio, 50%, CLOs CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

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.