Architectural Design 3A


Considers complex public building types, major institutional clients and a diversity of building users. Design problems deal with interrelationships of spaces and specialist functions, including, public interface, public assembly and functional performance. Projects will have an emphasis on a "Greenfield" site with minimal requirements for fire protection and on framed structural systems using timber and/or steel.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Justify a design with references to a non-urban site

2. Develop strategies for public buildings

3. Identify the functional needs and uses of public buildings

4. Prepare design solutions to support sustainable buildings

5. Present ideas and designs graphically and verbally

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


Issues relating to public buildings
Design process
Presentation of ideas and design, graphically and verbally
Identification and solution of functional requirements
Development of structural and construction solutions for a building design
Issues related to sustainable building design

The content of Design Studies, integrated into Architecture 3 studio, 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 and ARBE2201

Assessment Items

Project: Schematic Design

Project: Short Project

Project: Working Drawings

Project: Developed Design

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 38 hour(s) per Term

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


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Lecture for 2 hors per week for 6 weeks (Design Studies)


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks