Architectural Design 4B


The design studio is structured into a number of tutor led themes aligned to complex issues associated with the city. Students devise a research model that includes data gathering, recursive experimentation, weekly discussion and critique leading to a design proposition. Research findings are presented through a process of continuous engagement with a self-directed individual case study problem.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop innovative approaches to complex urban issues

2. Analyse and process data into research proposals

3. Foster a systematic research methodology leading to a design outcome


  • Research based design
  • Urban context reading, creative analysis, data processing
  • Design research hypothesis
  • Abstract systems, working models, analogue/digital testing
  • Dynamic models simulating behaviours
  • Schematic design (argument & strategy)
  • Scheme integration into urban context
  • Design research progression, resolution & refinement

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Project: Design Research Hypothesis

Project: Schematic Design

Project: Design Development

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 11 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 65 hour(s) per Term