Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course facilitates the development of fundamental design skills through the exploration of architectural concepts and processes. It seeks to develop the students' skills of observation, description, analysis and imagination. Primary architectural concepts of space, scale, site, modification and materials are encountered and integrated in creative design projects concerned with processes of making and proposing. A series of creative design projects offer opportunities and experiences for students to develop a repertoire of design techniques and appreciate a breadth of alternative approaches to design process.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use drawings and other representational media to demonstrate observational skills and an ability to work across scales, leading to deeper understanding of given sites and situations.

2. Demonstrate the ability to creatively and appropriately employ a range of design processes.

3. Evaluate the work of others through clear and constructive feedback.

4. Invent and test design strategies related to environmental and ecological thinking in the world of architectural knowledge and ideas.

5. Creatively and clearly communicate a design proposal through a range of media and representational techniques.


  • Use of representational media in developing observational skills, leading to deeper understanding of given sites and situations.
  • Thinking across scales as part of the architectural design process.
  • Developing a repertoire of design processes appropriate to a range of design problems.
  • Creative understanding of making and exploration as fundamental architectural processes.
  • Learning how to learn through the process of design exploration and through engagement with the work of others.
  • Environmental and ecological thinking.
  • Creative and clear 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 91 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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