Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The preparation of a schematic and developed design for a house is discussed and developed with an emphasis on: the internal organisation of rooms; the relationship between the inside and outside environments; the outdoor room and the material quality of the spaces created.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop design strategies for a house in relation to its brief, environmental context and issues of sustainable house design.

2. Provide conceptual strategies for how the internal spaces of a house relate to each other and to the external environment.

3. Clearly communicate a schematic and developed design for a house.

4. Develop an awareness of the house as an architectural type by studying and reflecting upon precedents.

5. Creatively engage the project brief.

6. Develop the understanding and application of architectural design theories and processes.

7. Research and design selected elements and details of the domestic dwelling


Preparation of conceptual design, schematic design and developed design for a dwelling

Overview of house precedents

Discussion of issues concerning the house and its architectural presentation

Students complete their work by presenting design drawings and scaled models at the conceptual, schematic and detailed stages of the design process

Design Studies includes;

  • Conceptual design
  • Theories and practices of architectural composition
  • Aesthetics of materials
  • Plan and elevation relationships
  • Detailed elemental designfloors, ceilings, columns, windows and doors
  • Theories of proportion
  • Graphic analysis as a way of designing


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

Assumed knowledge

ARBE1222 Architecture Studio 1

Assessment items

Project: Design Project One

Project: Design Project Two

Project: Design Project Three

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 13 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 78 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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