Course Title: Urban Design Studio 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design Studio 2

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Graham Crist

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B100.09.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

ARCH 1392 Urban Design Studio 1

Course Description

Urban Design Studio 2 is part of the sequence of studios that cumulatively develops your approach and position to design practice in the urban realm, and a keen understanding of the spatial, material, performative and economic dynamics of urban space.

This course will develop and apply skills for integrating complex and multidisciplinary information into urban-based design proposals. This includes environmental, regulatory, economic, historical, technical and professional issues.  You will produce design proposals for a selected site and urban context, testing strategies and methods of design through individual and collaborative work. Intensive, iterative, and speculative engagement with key urban questions through projects is the primary mode of learning.  Advanced visual and public communication skills will be developed and applied, presenting your work to peers and academics, as well as professional and multidisciplinary audiences.

Each Urban Design Studio develops a program of study to suit their studio theme. Refer to Studio handouts for details of each program and specific objectives.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Produce skillful design proposals for urban scale projects, addressing a selected range of key issues with a multidisciplinary approach
  • Engage projects through individual and collaborative work, assess and adjust modes of working according to project requirements;
  • Demonstrate core communication techniques for urban design proposals visually, verbally and textually to peers, academics, professional and public audiences;
  • Produce applicable urban-based research and assess the contemporary urban environment through design.

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

  • Apply advanced design and collaborative skills to generate and evaluate urban design proposals across a range of sites and scales of work.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in urban design process and ability to synthesise complex requirements through the medium of design
  • Present and substantiate urban design proposals visually, verbally and textually to peers, academics, professional and public audiences
  • Critically and creatively evaluate key urban sites, projects and practices
  • Research contemporary urbanism through the medium of design

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including:

  • Independent and collaborative design
  • Producing visual and verbal presentations of design work
  • Fabrication of physical models or other representative materials
  • Site visits and excursions to exemplary projects
  • Attendance at lectures and public events as related to the project

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
More specifically, a list of key reference texts and online resources will be provided and regularly updated. Relevant material will be placed on reserve through the RMIT Swanston Library during semester in which this course is offered.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment tasks may include written documents, graphic folios and in-class presentations.
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:

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.