University of Technology Sydney

11274 Architectural Studio 2

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

The architectural design studio provides the creative framework for students to explore how a diverse set of performative criteria informs a design. Through three successive project briefs, students learn to recognise and balance the multiple constraints and opportunities of an architectural project.

The subject introduces students to formal and organisational approaches in architecture and methods of making, testing and documenting spatial ideas. Students engage analytical skills and drawing techniques to derive a conceptual position for the project within its specified context, and use models to explore spatial strategies and refine the material and structural behaviour of their proposition. This subject is designed to equip architecture students with a series of fundamental skills for the communication and exploration of space as well as an understanding of how structural and material decisions influence their architecture.

As the second design studio in the foundation year sequence, students continue to develop their design process skills, through a three-stage investigation of the House. The series of design briefs prompts students to investigate design potentials around behaviours of the home - material, structural and social. On completion of the subject, students have the ability to synthesise formal and organisational logic of the single lot dwelling typology.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Ability to construct architectural ideas and arguments.
2. Ability to apply an iterative approach using a range of media to the design process.
3. Ability to define, test and rationalise design propositions across multiple multiple performance criteria.
4. Ability to construct advanced architectural documents as a tool for representation, exploration and spatial understanding, being capable to strategically apply, interrogate or challenge the studied graphic communication techniques and/or general architectural disciplinary conventions.
5. Ability to analyse and understand multiple aspects of architectural precedent and type.
6. Constructively contribute to peer learning.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team (C.1)
  • Communicate ideas professionally and effectively through a variety of mediums: oral, written, visual, physical and digital (C.2)
  • Produce inspirational responses that demonstrate the successful integration of sub-disciplinary areas of knowledge: history, theory, tectonics and/or practice (I.1)
  • Creatively use architectural media, technologies and materials (I.2)
  • Understand and challenge disciplinary conventions through an engagement with emergent forms of architectural practice, technologies and modes of production (P.1)
  • Integrate an understanding of a relationship between form, materiality, structure and construction within design thinking (P.5)
  • Evidence disciplinary knowledge through the application of physical and/or digital mediums (P.6)
  • Position work within an extended and critically reasoned context through the identification, evaluation and application of relevant academic references and architectural case studies (R.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Teaching and learning strategies

General

This subject is focused on the development of design practice knowledge and the individual ability to translate conceptual ideas into spatial proposals. The integration of theory, history and representational knowledge will be encouraged. The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures in combination with project-based design exercises in studio time. Content derived from these sessions will be evidenced in learning outcomes of the subject.

Lectures - 1 hour, twice a week
The lectures will focus on design processes and contemporary architecture practices, philosophy, theory and architectural precedent.

Studios - 3 hour session, twice a week
Weekly studio sessions will explore a series of project-based design exercises led by a Studio Mentor.

Students are required to develop proposals by reviewing material discussed in studio sessions in preparation for the following week. Student participation and understanding in lecture and studio sessions will rely on a degree of individual reading, development and experimentation which will be clearly supported by Studio Mentor direction.

OPELA and Language Development Tutorials

An aim of this subject is to help you develop academic and professional language and communication skills in order to succeed at university and in the workplace. To determine your current academic language proficiency, you are required to complete an online language screening task, OPELA (information available at https://www.edu.au/research-and-teaching/learning-and-teaching/enhancing/language-and-learning/about-opela-students) [or a written diagnostic task].

If you receive a Basic grade for OPELA [or the written diagnostic task], you must attend additional Language Development Tutorials (each week from week [3/4] to week [11/12] in order to pass the subject. These tutorials are designed to support you to develop your language and communication skills.

Students who do not complete the OPELA and/or do not attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials will receive a W (result Withheld) grade. This grade can be lifted when students complete a Language Development Intensive (LDI) or Language Development Online (LDO).

Content (topics)

The content of this subject includes a series of experimental project-based exercises. These projects can take the format of:

  • short weekly conceptual design exercises or longer,
  • more conventional projects.

The projects and lectures are focused on structures and material as it pertains to:

  • architectural design,
  • performance and function at a range of scales.

Two and three-dimensional representational techniques are developed, including oral and written communication skills. Students will work with critical arguments through the production of documents relevant to the project briefs throughout the session.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: House Project I

Intent:

PART I aims to develop the foundational knowledge required to analyse and develop iterative responses to a series of design prompts. This will be undertaken through weekly Charrette Tasks that focus on the organisation of domestic inhabitation through scale + volume, structure + form, program + planning.

Please refer Assessment House Project_PART I for detailed instructions and deliverables.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4 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.2, I.2, P.1, P.5 and P.6

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Framing - Constructing a clear argument for architectural logic and decision making 15 1 I.2
Forming - demonstrating a clear iterative process in response to the brief 10 2 P.1
Design - Sophistication of architectural response and outcome 35 3 P.5
Communication - Execution, precision sand curation of architectural drawings 15 4 P.6
Communication - Execution, precision sand curation of architectural models 15 4 P.6
Contribution - Weekly tutorial attendance, contribution to class discussions and collaborative teamwork 10 6 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: House Project II

Intent:

Developing on the foundational knowledge from PART I, PART II develops skills in organisation and siting now responding to a complex Brief for the alterations + additions of a single lot dwelling.

This Brief will be staged across PARTS II + III, for the remainder of the studio.

Please refer Assessment House Project_PART II for detailed instructions and deliverables.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

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.1, P.1, P.6 and R.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Analysis - demonstrates a clear understanding of assigned precedent typology 15 5 R.1
Forming - demonstrating a clear iterative process in response to the brief 15 2 P.1
Design - Sophistication of architectural response and outcome 30 3 I.1
Communication - Execution, precision sand curation of architectural drawings 15 4 P.6
Communication - Execution, precision sand curation of architectural models 15 6 C.2
Contribution - Weekly tutorial attendance, contribution to class discussions and collaborative teamwork 10 6 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: House Project III

Intent:

PART III is the development of a final design proposal - that culminates the logic developed across PARTS I + II. The proposal will be considered at scales: 1:500 (suburb), 1:100(lot) and 1:10 (detail inhabitation).

Please refer Assessment House Project_PART III for detailed instructions and deliverables.

This assessment will be assessed for English language proficiency, if you have not yet undertaken OPELA. You will be directed to further language support after the completion of this subject if your language is below the required standard.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4 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, P.5 and P.6

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Framing - Constructing a clear argument for architectural logic and decision making 15 1 I.2
Forming - demonstrating a clear iterative process in response to the brief 10 2 P.1
Design - Sophistication of architectural response and outcome 35 3 P.5
Communication - Execution, precision sand curation of architectural drawings 15 4 P.6
Communication - Execution, precision sand curation of architectural models 15 6 C.2
Contribution - Weekly tutorial attendance, contribution to class discussions and collaborative teamwork 10 6 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

The DAB attendance policy requires students to attend no less than 80% of formal teaching sessions (lectures and tutorials) for each class they are enrolled in to remain eligible for assessment. Students should familiarise themselves with the University Rules, Guideline and further information_

https://www.uts.edu.au/about/uts-governance/rules/uts-student-rules

https://www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/2020-02/dab-generic-subject-information-guide-2020.pdf

It is a requirement of this subject that all students complete OPELA [or a written diagnostic task]. Students who received a Basic grade in the OPELA [or the written diagnostic task] are required to attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials in order to pass the subject. Students who do not complete the OPELA and/or do not attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials will receive a W (result Withheld) grade. This grade can be lifted when students complete a Language Development Intensive (LDI) or Language Development Online (LDO).

Required texts

Required readings are available UTS CANVAS, under MODULES > READINGS

Note: Students are expected to undertake readings in order to be prepared for discussions that will be conducted in Studio time and Lectures.

Recommended texts

In addition to recommended resources + required texts these references will serve as useful extensions on the material issued_

Representation Theory_

Allen, Stan, Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City, Princeton Architectural Press, 1999 UTS LIBRARY Online resource

'Practice: Architecture Technique ´+ Representation, Allen, S., Routledge, Abingdon, 2009. UTS LIBRARY Online resource

Representation, Drawing Technique + Manuals_

'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 Graphics' Ching, Francis, D. K. 2015, 6th Ed. UTS library online resource

'Building Construction Illustrated' Ching, Francis, D. K. 2018, 3rd Ed. UTS library online resource

'Design Drawing' Ching, Francis, D. K. 2018, 3rd Ed. UTS library online resource

'Manual of Section', Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis. 2006. Princeton Architectural Press, UTS library online resource

'Metric Handbook: planning and design data' Buxton, Pamela editor, 2018, 6th ed UTS library online resource (newer editions available elsewhere)

'Australian House Building Manual', Steins, Allan. 9th ed 2021

Other resources

Please refer to MODULES on CANVAS for any additional resources