Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape 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 2 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,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Craig Douglas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0816

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.05

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course ARCH 1353 Landscape Architecture Design Research Studio 5 and have achieved a pass level in all preceding studios before you commence this course.
Pre & Co requisites
Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

The Upper Pool Design Research Studio Stream provides the framework for the development of an advanced understanding and execution of Landscape Architecture Design Research. 

Design Studios operate as laboratories conducive to experimentation, investigation, and the exploration of design as an agent for understanding and responding to issues in the built environment of contemporary society. A diverse range of studios offered each semester celebrate and extend the multi-faceted capabilities of the Landscape Architecture Discipline to engage with these issues. Each studio is framed through a specific design approach and an inquiry into a specific field of design knowledge. The studios simultaneously support the development of an individual position and expertise.

Studios are led by academic practitioners drawn from a distinguished local and international field operating through a range of teaching and learning modes. Contemporary design projects and/or issues will provide the focus for these inquiries in order to develop scenario based design proposals.

This Upper Pool Design Research Studios Stream incorporates a work integrated learning experience in which knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry, community, and government bodies are integral to your experience. The intention is to develop an individual capacity to articulate and execute specific modes of design operation and therefore contribute to the discourse of Landscape Architectural practice and research.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Generate design methods in relation to particular studio agendas
• Effectively integrate tools, techniques and design ideas in a design project
• Test, resolve and communicate design ideas through material, temporal, and spatial explorations.
• Demonstrate reflective practice through a developed design outcome
• Clearly articulate and position a design project within the discourse of landscape architectural design, and an appropriate philosophical, theoretical, social, or historical framework.
• Successfully demonstrate the ability to work independently on design projects from initial stages through to final design outcome.
Additional specific objectives/learning outcomes/capability for individual studios will be outlined in each individual studio offered


Program Learning Outcomes
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.
• Appreciate 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

- Presentations will introduce you to key ideas and concepts in relation to your studio
- Guest speakers and lecturers (specific to each studio) drawn from practice and other related consultants (ie soil, horticulture etc)
- Project visits will allow an understanding of the formal, spatial outcomes of landscape architectural design practice
- Site visits will allow you to explore and investigate site characteristics and phenomena
- Site visits to examine exemplar projects from local practice.
- Workshops will allow you to work hands on to develop specific techniques


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources as well as field based enquires to engage with landscape architectural and broader design discourse.
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
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.
Assessment requiremens:
- Studio Presentations and portfolio 100%

In order to be eligible to pass you must:
1. present at mid semester
2. meet end semester submission deadline and present at end semester
3. submit a paper and digital
4. develop end semester exhibition as required

How assessment works:
Your mark for studio is determined by a panel who reviews your end of semester presentation. This panel consists of at a minimum: your studio leader and one other critic. Your portfolio is examined in a moderation process to ratify the mark provided by the studio assessment panel. The attributes of the portfolio including the conceptualisation, development and communication of your studio project in relation to the studio agenda will determine if the presentation grade remains, is increased or lowered. Marks are then moderated to ensure fair outcomes between as well as within studios.
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 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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