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11276 Architectural Studio 4

Requisite(s): (11273 Architectural Studio 1 AND 11274 Architectural Studio 2) OR (11211 Architectural Design: Forming AND 11209 Architectural Design: Making)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


The architectural design studio provides the creative framework for students to explore how a diverse set of performative criteria informs a design inquiry. Through the project brief, students learn to balance urban, environmental, social and programmatic strategies with the technical and material parameters of an architectural project.

This subject introduces students to the concept of architectural performance, understood as the capacity of architecture to catalyse multi-scalar interactions and processes. Students apply both qualitative and quantitative methods to synthesise environmental performance with programmatic and social interactions. Students develop a speculative architectural proposal for a specific spatial typology and site.

Students are required to address performance as a negotiation between architecture, actors and environment to integrate concepts of interaction, responsiveness and efficiency. Performative criteria includes thermal comfort, acoustic performance, natural and artificial lighting and circulation strategies. These technical and contextual parameters guide design decisions across the different scales of the project and inform its influence the city, its public infrastructure and environment.

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