University of Technology Sydney

11278 Architectural Studio 6

12cp; 8hpw: 2hpw (lecture), 6hpw (studio), Mondays and Thursdays on campus
Requisite(s): ( 11277 Architectural Studio 5 OR (11233 Advanced Architectural Construction AND 11231 Architectural Design: Field))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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Within the creative framework of the design studio, students explore a diverse set of performative criteria to inform the design inquiry. Parameters balance social interactions, programmatic requirements and organisational strategies with environmental and urban conditions, material and structural systems, and the technical specifications of the project brief.

This studio, the capstone subject for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (C10004), gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the full extent of their learning. The subject supports this opportunity by teaching students how to integrate architectural ideas and technical systems in ways that enrich the architectural experience. Students produce a coherent architectural proposal that uses a critical, disciplinary-based mode of design thinking to frame and direct an integrated systems approach to architectural design. Drawing on the techniques developed in previous design studios, students are expected to investigate the qualitative and quantitative conditions that sponsor a sustainable built environment and support integrated building services.

The summative nature of this capstone project asks students to apply, in this subject, both the critical disciplinary learning developed in the 'architectural history and theory' subjects and the technical knowledge fostered throughout the degree. Students demonstrate the capacity to synthesise these different knowledge sets by integrating issues such as spatial and programmatic organisation, architectural experience, formal and tectonic expression, urbanism, systems of construction, thermal comfort and environmental performance, lighting, acoustics and building services.

Valuing a practice-based learning method, the subject mirrors how a professional office might work through a two-stage consulting brief. This process follows Stage 1 to 3 from a conceptual design phase to the final design proposal. Relying on successive design transformations, students achieve a comprehensive, integrated design systems solution that responds to a heterogeneous and competing set of design parameters.

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