University of Technology Sydney

11273 Architectural Studio 1


8hpw: 2hpw (lecture), 6hpw (studio), on campus
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The architectural design studio provides the creative framework for students to explore the motivations, techniques, contexts, constraints and opportunities that inform design inquiry. Through each project brief, students learn to deploy various mediums, scales and strategies towards the elaboration of design proposals along with clear verbal and visual descriptions of the intentions and processes that generated them.

The subject delivers the framework to learn essential techniques for the production of space as well as important strategies in critical and analytical thinking. The subject introduces students to the fundamental themes of drawing, scale, site, observation, abstraction, precision and translation among others. These themes serve as a common knowledge base critical to the practice of architecture and landscape architecture as well as providing a primer to issues that students continue to face in the sequence of studios ahead.

Students develop an understanding of design thinking using both two- and three-dimensional, analogue and digital techniques, including reading, writing, sketching, mapping, multiple forms of drawing, model building, precedent analysis, direct observation and photogrammetry to build spatial literacy. These techniques and iterative design tactics, supported by lectures, enable students to translate concepts into spatial proposals informed by a broader disciplinary context.

Each of the three formal assessment tasks concludes with a student being assigned a grade and written summative feedback. Summative feedback focuses on assessment outcomes. It is used to indicate how successfully a student has performed in terms of specific assessment criteria. It is provided in written form for all assessed work. It is published along with indicative grades online at UTS REVIEW. The content of summative feedback serves a number of purposes. It is intended to provide an explanation for the grade issued, reflecting on the quality of the work submitted and the student's performance leading up to submission. Students are also provided with strategies for improving aspects warranting attention, or the further advancement of identified strengths. Students should direct any queries about summative feedback to the subject deliverer. In the first instance, this should be done by email.

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.