University of Technology Sydney

11128 Communications 1

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is designed to equip architecture and landscape architecture students with a range of digital and analog tools for the communication of ideas. The subject focuses both on the improvement of students' technical skills and their capacity to think critically through a series of iterative exercises. There are three major components: lectures, digital labs and studio sessions.

Students are expected to explore a range of techniques including:

  • digital CAD drawing – the fundamentals of orthographic 2D drawing and 3D drawing, technical drawing conventions
  • digital and analog collage
  • hand-sketching as an analytical and exploration tool
  • model-making – an introduction to various model-making techniques
  • multimedia communication strategy – to orchestrate different types of representation techniques to construct a cohesive set of documents, as well as understand the implications in the communication of architectural/landscape architectural thinking
  • verbal presentation – clearly communicate to a range of audiences.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate fundamental skills for digital drawing as a tool for Architecture/Landscape representation.
2. Demonstrate fundamental skills for hand drawing as a tool for representation and exploration.
3. Apply techniques of model-making as a device for the communication of ideas.
4. Create and present verbally and visually a Communication Strategy as a cohesive set of documents.
5. Develop an individual position and work within a collaborative setting.
6. Demonstrate an ability to position the work within broader disciplinary contexts.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Work cooperatively and productively as part of a team. (C.1)
  • Communicate ideas professionally. (C.2)
  • Advance ideas through an exploratory and iterative design process. (I.2)
  • Develop advanced skills for the production, presentation and documentation of work. (P.1)
  • Define and apply appropriate design research methods. (R.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is delivered in Lectures, Studio Sessions and Digital Labs.

Digital Labs will cover the basics of drawing 2D to 3D modelling (definition of line weights, line types, printing…) across intensive series of lab tutorials. These tools are implemented during the Studio Sessions, through a series of iterative exercises.

Students are given hand-outs that set the requirements for each assessment, the subsequent classes offer opportunities for feedback prior to student submission.

Weekly sessions include lectures, exhibitions and workshops in both the Digital Labs and Studios.

Regular one-hour illustrated lectures introduce theoretical concepts and present examples that are pertinent to the themes and activities of the subject.

Lab/studio are structured as guided working sessions. These working sessions include participatory group discussion, using individual work as a means for group learning through discussion and critique. Students are expected to attend all lectures, studio and labs sessions, and to follow the suggested progress patterns for each assessment tasks.

Recommended readings and graphic references will be available at UTS library and/or UTS online.

UTS staff believe that collaborative peer learning enhances learning. You are encouraged to work in clusters throughout the teaching session. To facilitate this, assessments include group work and individual expectations. Students will form groups to develop the final assessment tasks.

There is a range of online resources to support the learning objectives of this subject, which include: multimedia documentation, essential and recommended readings, videos, information about the precedents and architectural communication precedents. These documents will be accessible from UTS Online.

The subject provides a range of formative feedback strategies.

  1. Assessment 1 and 2 will be graded in ReView. ReView will be used as formative feedback. Students will receive preliminary feedback on the specified days that will allow them to incorporate the received comments to the improvement of their work for the submissions.
  2. The subject is designed around the progressive development of the final documents In this sense, every weekly session helps students to progressively improve their work. Students are expected to actively participate in the group discussions, to print/present a draft version of their work and to develop the week-by-week tasks in order to receive feedback during the tutorials.

Content (topics)

Topics include:

  • digital CAD drawing
  • digital and analog collage
  • hand-sketching
  • model-making
  • verbal presentations


Assessment task 1: Fundamentals of spatial representation


Develop fundamental skills in orthographic representation conventions.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 2

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, C.2, P.1 and R.1

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Assessment task 2: Communications Strategy


Extend on the fundamental orthographic skills developed in Assessment task 1 into representation techniques for spatial, material and temporal aspects of the studied precedents.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, C.2, I.2, P.1 and R.1

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 60%

Minimum requirements

The Faculty of DAB expects students to attend at least 80% of the scheduled contact hours for each enrolled subject. Achievement of subject aims is difficult if classes are not attended. Where assessment tasks are to be presented personally in class, attendance is mandatory.

Pursuant to “UTS Rule 3.8.2”, students who do not satisfy attendance requirements, may be refused permission by the Responsible Academic Officer to be considered for assessment for this subject.

The course is designed as a continuous, intense and participatory exercise. Assessment components function as an additive process in which it is expected that students work in the progressive improvement of the different deliverables. Students must print/present the work in progress to receive feedback during the tutorials.

Recommended texts


Corner, James. "Representation and landscape: drawing and making in the landscape medium." Word & Image 8.3 (1992): 243-275.
‘Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography’
Published by Thames & Hudson, 2012. UTS library: 778.94092 LECO
'Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays' (AA Documents) Robert Evans,1996. UTS library: 720.284 EVAN

'Key Buildings 20th Century Volume 2: Houses 1945 - 1989' David Dunster. 1990, UTS library: 720.222 WEST (ED.2)
'Graphic Anatomy' Atelier Bow Wow. TOTO Shuppan, Tokyo 2007. UTS library: 728.3 TSUK
'Graphic Anatomy 2' Atelier Bow Wow. TOTO Shuppan, Tokyo 2014. UTS library: 720.95209 BOWB
‘Architectural Design and Composition’. Editors:Clemens Steenbergen, Henk Mihl,WouteReh, Ferry Aerts, UTS library: 729 STEE
Representing landscapes: a visual collection landscape architectural drawings' Amoroso, N. 2012, Routledge, London. UTS library: Online resource
'Representing landscapes: digital' Routledge, London'Amoroso, N. 2015, UTS library: Online resource
'Drawing, The Motive Force of Architecture'. Peter Cook, ED. Wiley, UTS library: 720.222 COOK (ED.2)
'Manual of Section', Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis. 2006. Princeton Architectural Press, UTS library online resource.

'Sketching for Architecture + Interior Design' Stephanie Travis 2015. UTS online resource + 720.284 TRAV
'Drawing for landscape architecture: sketch to screen to site' Hutchison, E. 2011, Thames & Hudson, London, UTS library: 712.3 HUTC

‘Collage and architecture’ Jennifer A. E. Shields Routledge, London. UTS library: 729 SHIE
'Composite landscape: photomontage and landscape architecture' Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern. Waldheim, C. & Hansen, A. (eds.) 2015. UTS library: 778.8 WALD


Online References:

Online References:
Thomas Hillier
Hugo Barros
Point Supreme

FILM/VIDEO (Domesticity in the XXth century)
La maison de verre
Miller House Talk. Dan Kiley's Modern Take on Classical Gardens, Laurie Olin
Frank Lloyd's Fallingwater, Los Angeles, Calif. : in-D press, c2005. Video and DVD, UTS Library: 720.92 WRFA
Le Corbusier Villa Savoye, Milton Keynes, England] : Open University, 1975, Video and DVD, UTS Library: 728.80944 LECO
Koolhaas Houselife by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoîne

Mon Oncle. Jaques Tati. 1958
Dogville. Lars von Trier. 2003 prologue:

Other online video resources:
Luis Urculo. Video artist- architect

Powers of Ten: Ray Eames and Charles Eames

Santiago Cirugeda alquiler de azoteas (stop motion technique)

Visual Acoustics - The Modernism of Julius Shulman, HDNet Films : Distributed by Madman Films, 2009.Video and DVD, UTS Library: 778.94 VISU -

Other resources

UTS DESIGN INDEX: online software support:

Online Rhino tutorials support:






Other online resources:
Ching’s Architectural Graphics [Library Portal]:

Workshop and spaces booking: [Library Portal]: