Architectural Design 1A


The aim of this course is to facilitate the development of fundamental design skills through the exploration of architectural concepts and processes. It seeks to develop the student's powers of observation, description, analysis and imagination. Primary architectural concepts of private and public places and people are integrated around the notion of 'play' and presented through various representation modes.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Think creatively and solve problems imaginatively.

2. Define problems and formulate strategies for action.

3. Collate information and apply analysis and critical judgment.

4. Develop understanding of processes of teamwork and collaboration.

5. Develop architectural knowledge and professional literacy through comprehension of key architectural ideas sufficient to communicate their design proposal.


The content of the Architecture 1A Studio includes:

Play, Place and People: The individual, the context, and the collective

Description and Analysis: Existing designed objects - interaction between people and making imagination,

inspriation and representation: Architectural composition and the innovative brief.



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program.

Assumed Knowledge

ARBE1100 Communication in the Built Environment 1 (or to be studied concurrently with this course)

Assessment Items

Project: Design Project One

Project: Design Project Two

Contact Hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 6 hour(s) per Term

There will be one 6 hour field trip


Face to Face On Campus 1.3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Lecture for 2 hours per Week for 6 weeks (Design Studies) Field Study (Site Visit)


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks