University of Technology Sydney

11273 Architectural Studio 1

12cp; 8hpw: 2hpw (lecture), 6hpw (studio), on campus
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The architectural design studio provides the creative framework for students to explore the motivations, techniques, contexts, constraints and opportunities that inform design inquiry. The primordial studio delivers the structure to learn essential techniques around the production of space, as well as strategic development of critical and analytical thinking. The following themes introduced in STUDIO 1, serve as a common knowledge base critical to the practice of architecture as well as providing a primer for the architectural pedagogical evolution in the sequence of studios ahead.

As the Foundation Studio, STUDIO 1 introduces Students to fundamental architectural logic; points, lines + planes, scale + proportion, solid + void, light + shadow. Through prescriptive exercises, students conduct iterative experiments that follow clear methodology in order to distil and compose an order of spatial relationships, curated as a catalogue for ongoing reference.

Through each project brief, students learn to deploy various analogue and digital techniques, developing an understanding of design thinking using both two- and three-dimensional mediums; sketching, drawing, making, documenting, and curating, along with clear verbal and written descriptions of the intentions and processes that generated them. These techniques and iterative design tactics, supported by lectures and assigned readings, enable students to translate concepts into foundational architectural propositions.

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