Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Research Studio 7

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Research Studio 7

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Alban Mannisi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 0423966339

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.8

Course Coordinator Availability: please email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

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 Design Research Studio 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.
• Display a mature 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 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:
• Initiate, execute and situate substantial Landscape Architectural design research projects which demonstrate an engagement with urban and global complexities and an applied critical knowledge of the ecological, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues of Landscape Architecture
• Generate innovative outcomes for Landscape Architecture design projects at a range of scales through a mastery of practice which synthesizes creative, critical, analytical, reflective and theoretical thinking skills
• Effectively and fluently disseminate design research across disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences through a mastery of communication skills in a range of forms and media which shows a sophisticated understanding of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture
• Express a high level of personal responsibility within independent design research projects combining an ability to employ a range of design processes for the generation and evaluation of design research projects
• Interrogate, question, engage and act in a broad range of social and cultural situations, and demonstrate effective teamwork and collaborative practices including an openness to others from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds
• Evidence the capacity to be an agent for change and innovation in the profession of Landscape Architecture in local and global contexts and in wider society as a whole


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 

A range of Study resources can be found at

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students:

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 requirements:
- 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 in paper and digital format
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.


Equitable Learning Services

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.

Assessment Policy

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