Course handbook


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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

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

1. Enrich discourse with a variety of references (literary and or practical).

2. Pursue design as research linked to analysis, hypothesis, argument and resolution.

3. Demonstrate iterative experimentation through various means and processes.

4. Integrate research findings towards forming a resolved proposition.


  • 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 Full Term


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