Architecture Studio 5


This course considers complex public building types, major institutional clients and a diversity of building users. Core design problems in the course deal with interrelationships between spaces and specialist functions, including public interface, public assembly and functional performance.

Projects have an emphasis on responding to "greenfield" site conditions with minimal requirements for fire protection or building separation. Projects typically reply on framed structural systems (timber, steel and concrete).



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop and justify a design approach for a non-urban site

2. Develop strategies for the design of public buildings

3. Identify the functional needs and uses of public buildings

4. Prepare design solutions to support sustainable public buildings

5. Present ideas and designs graphically and verbally

6. Analyse design theories, processes and architectural positions and develop the ability to use them creatively


Issues relating to public buildings

The design process for public buildings, including site analysis, brief analysis, conceptual design, schematic design and detail design

Presentation of ideas and design, graphically and verbally

Identification of, and solutions to, functional requirements

Development of structural and construction solutions for a building design

Issues related to sustainable building design

The content of Design Studies includes conceptual design of larger buildings; architectural symbolism semiotics, meaning and language; developed design models and case studies; facade composition; architectural positions; art and science in architecture and engineering.


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

Assumed Knowledge

ARBE2220 Architecture Studio 3

Assessment Items

Report: Site and Brief Analysis

Project: Schematic Design

Project: Working Drawings

Project: Developed Design

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

2 hours per week for 10 weeks excluding weeks 6 and 13


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Typically 6 hours per week excluding weeks 1, 6 and 13


Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term starting in week 6

28 hours during weeks 6 and 13