Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course facilities the development of fundamental design skills through the exploration of architectural concepts and processes. It seeks to develop the student's skills of observation, description, analysis and imagination. Primary architectural concepts of space, nature, site, people and materials are encountered and integrated in creative design projects concerned with ideas of 'the room' and its phenomenological identities. Creative design projects set in the Hunter region offer opportunities and experiences for students to develop an awareness of the scope and breadth of the discipline of architecture.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and communicate social, formal and environmental principles and constraints in a design brief

2. Research and communicate natural, spatial and urban factors of a project site

3. Consider and communicate spatial and material strategies for solving design problems

4. Locate and articulate individual thinking in the world of architectural knowledge and ideas

5. Develop and communicate a design proposal in response to a design brief


  • Brief interpretation, analysis and communication
  • Approaches to the architectural site understood in its natural, spatial, landscape and urban setting
  • Awareness of design processes appropriate to a range of design problems
  • Creative understanding of the room as a fundamental architectural element
  • Approaches to design projects understood in relation to knowledge of vernacular, historical and contemporary architecture and culture
  • Communication strategies relevant to project scope and to particular audiences.


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

Assessment items

Project: Design Project 1

Project: Design Project 2

Project: Design Project 3

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 72 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term