University of Technology Sydney

11551 Masters Architectural Design Studio 1

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 12 cp

Subject level: Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject is the first of four studio subjects required to complete the Master of Architecture (C04235).

This subject aims to further architectural design skills through the integration of a specific research and creative design agenda tested through project-based speculations in architecture. The research agenda comprises a particular topic selected from a range of discipline areas including, but not limited to: computation and digital design in architecture and manufacturing, material and construction in architecture, environmental and performance-based design in architecture, urban design and activism and the role of the architect and design within critical cultural discourse. The subject also enhances a critical understanding of architecture as both a discipline with an existing body of knowledge and a set of practices that continuously challenge and add to that body of knowledge. The subject requires the testing of ideas and modes of practice in architectural design, and the production of design proposals that accurately and persuasively convey the most relevant ideas and practices at an introductory masters level.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Develop core knowledge and skills in architectural design, including the integration of complex spatial/material problem solving skills and critical personal and disciplinary reflection.
2. Undertake primary and/or secondary research to inform and enrich the design process and outcomes
3. Apply the design process as a research tool for understanding and refining a design proposal, for articulating broader ambitions in architecture, and for identifying essential questions to be addressed in a brief.
4. Transfer knowledge and understanding of sub-disciplinary areas creatively and appropriately towards a resolved design proposal.
5. Test and critically evaluate a variety of methodologies, processes and media involved in the development of architectural design proposals, and thus be able to analyse, question, and engage in informed and reasoned argument about such design proposals.
6. Professionally frame an authored design proposal as a vehicle to articulate and defend an architectural proposition.
7. Present complete and relevant findings of a professional quality in a public setting such as open juries, exhibition or published work.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Establish and develop an informed and ethical position towards social, technical and environmental issues and practices (A.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)
  • Thoughtfully apply disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development (P.2)
  • 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)
  • Define, develop and apply an appropriate design method in the execution of an architectural project (R.2)
  • Independently analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives (R.3)

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

Overview
Students will be required to prepare and present research and design materials of various types in the context of this subject. These include printed and digital presentations of research materials, drawings, videos and animations, models, prototypes, reports, text based documents, exhibition materials of various types and an individual portfolio of student work. The intent of this subject is to develop design proposals and the necessary communication and research tools and evidence required to develop, present and describe that project in the most appropriate form for a professional and public audience.

Studio Selection

Students select from a range of studio offerings each semester. Studio types include Studio X, Studio+ and Interdisciplinary Studios. These are described in the studio prospectus issued in O-Week each semester ahead of the studio selection prsentaiton. Over the course of the 4 masters semesters (full time) students must take a minimum of two (2) Studio+ studio's, which prioritise the development of a highly developed architectural proposal, with the support of additional specialist consultant support to the studio instructors.

Delivery

This subject will be delivered in a combination of online and face to face teaching modes. For approved students who are not able to attend face-to-face classes for the semester, online tutorials and some dedicated online studios will be available.

Masters design studios comprise two (2) tutorial sessions of three (3) hours each per week conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays between the hours of 0900 - 1900. Students will be required to progressively prepare and present research and design materials of various types relative to the studio context and objectives of this studio.

In some circumstances, such as travelling studios, and interdisciplinary studios, there may be a period of intensive work undertaken which requires travel to various significant locations or collaboration with other groups of students or academics from UTS or other institutions. Any deviation from the typical studio pattern described above will be advertised by the studio instructor before enrolments into elective tutorial groups is required.


Online Learning
All subject documents, studio briefs, assessment descriptions, and supplementary resources and readings relevant to each studio offering will be made available on the CANVAS portal. Your tutor will be responsible for the maintenance and distribution of this information and any concerns regarding access to this content should be made to your tutor in the first instance.

Feedback

The subject provides a range of formative feedback strategies.

1. All assessments will be graded in ReView. ReView will be used as a formative feedback mechanism in Assessment

2. The subject is designed around the progressive development of a highly resolved design project. Each tutorial and assessment milestone enables the continual and progressive development of both the knowledge, technical skills and understandings necessary to deliver a successful outcome. As such, each tutorial serves as a continuous feedback mechanism for students and your engagement in each studio session is necessary.

3. It is the student’s responsibility to record any feedback given during meetings. This will assist in how iterative development can be accessed and ultimately assessed.

Content (topics)

Studios will be offered across a range of disciplinary topics, which will each deal with their own specific domains of knowledge and the techniques necessary to their successful investigation. These topics include but are not limited to:

- Critical design practice
- Urban design
- Computation and digital design in architecture and manufacturing
- Material and construction in architecture
- Environmental and performance based design in architecture
- Advocacy and the role of the architect and design within critical cultural discourse
- Advanced design techniques

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Review 01- Research

Intent:

Evaluate the quality of the student's research and critical/conceptual project framing leading to a preliminary design proposal.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 7

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.):

A.1, C.2, R.1, R.2 and R.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Context - Ability to analyse, represent and respond to physical site and context appropriate to the studio agenda 20 1 R.3
Research - Ability to independently research, analyse and critically test disciplinary and cultural issues related to the studio agenda 25 2 R.2
Concept - Ability to independently formulate and apply a researched position towards the conceptualisation of the project within an expanded intellectual and cultural context 25 3 R.1
Communication - Ability to communicate architectural ideas through a variety of oral, written, visual, physical and digital media 10 7 C.2
Sustainability - Demonstrated awareness and personal engagement with issues in sustainability relevant to the brief 20 2 A.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Review 02- Mid review

Intent:

Evaluate the quality of the student's design proposal, the applicaiton of appropriate techincal skills and critical reflection in developing and testing an approach towards a well considered and highly developed design proposal.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 4, 6 and 7

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.):

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

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Design Concept and Process - Ability to conceptualise, test and iteratively refine a project through the selection and development of meaningful design actions and strategies 20 3 R.2
Technology development and integration - Demonstrated ability to employ/exceed disciplinary material, structural, construction, environmental conventions meaningfully towards the iterative development of an insightful, creative and technically proficient architectural proposa 20 4 P.2
Design Quality - Ability to propose a well designed, integrated, high quality architectural response to the studio brief 30 6 I.1
Communication - Ability to communicate architectural ideas through a variety of oral, written, visual, physical and digital media 15 7 I.2
Sustainability - The translation of an independent position on sustainability relative to the brief, into an architectural proposal 15 1 A.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Review 03- Final review

Intent:

Evaluate the quality and completeness of the student's final design proposal

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7

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.):

A.1, C.2, I.1, P.2, R.1 and R.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Concept - Well Informed and articulated understanding of, and response to, the specific themes and issues raised by the studio brief 10 2 P.2
Process - Demonstrated Ability to initiate and execute a self-reflective informed, critical and creative design process towards the realisation of a high quality architectural proposal 20 3 R.3
Design Quality - Ability to propose and creatively resolve a well designed, high quality architectural response to the studio brief 25 5 I.1
Technology - Demonstrated integration of appropriate disciplinary conventions towards an integrated technically and materially sound architectural proposal 20 4 R.1
Communication - Ability to communicate sophisticated architectural ideas through a variety of oral, written, visual, physical and digital media 15 7 C.2
Sustainability - Ability to demonstrate sound reasoning and a researched position with regards to ethics and sustainability 10 1 A.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.

Required texts

Please refer to your detailed studio description.

Other resources

Please refer to your detailed studio description.