Course Title: Urban Design Studio 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design Studio 5

Credit Points: 24.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design



Course Coordinator: Graham Crist

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

ARCH 1400 Urban Design Studio 4

Course Description

Urban Design Studio 5 is final component of the sequence of studios that develops your approach and position to design practice in the urban realm, and understanding of the spatial, material, performative and economic dynamics of urban space.

In this course you will produce a specialised, independent design research project. This project will extend skills and knowledge from a particular research interest, in a supervised mode of learning and teaching.  Reflecting on the impact of your work in the context of the profession of Urban Design and related disciplines is a key goal.  Positioning this work in the context of fluctuating urban situations and the uncertainties of development is also a focus. This studio allows you to synthesise and focus your skills and experiences toward a final piece of design research. The work will be communicated through advanced and specialised visual and technical skills, and presented publicly. 

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

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

  • Apply advanced design skills to produce a comprehensive urban design proposal addressing a range of scales, programs, environmental and technical issues;
  • Innovatively and comprehensively synthesise complex urban issues, information, programmatic and technical requirements through design, productively engaging particular site conditions;
  • Present, argue and critique individual and collaborative urban design proposals visually, verbally and textually, to peers, academics, professional and public audiences;
  • Critically and creatively evaluate quantitative and qualitative aspects of contemporary urban space for multidisciplinary audiences;
  • Reflect on the findings of your own and related design research in the field of contemporary urbanism and urban practice.

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

  • Propose, generate and manage a comprehensive urban design proposal, creatively addressing a range economic, environmental and programmatic issues and site conditions;
  • Innovative and effective use of advanced techniques for communicating urban design proposals, especially to multidisciplinary or multicultural audiences;
  • Produce applicable urban-based research and critically assess the contemporary urban environment, relevant to professional and public audiences.

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.

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