Available in 2021
Course code



30 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Master of Architecture engage in design-led research praxis: the exploration, development, and proposition of architectural projects across a broad range of complex programmes and scenarios. Students at a Master level of study are expected to learn to apply themselves with a high level of rigor and self-direction. Studio offerings range in their nature, but will all encompass working a project through all aspects of design, from research and conceptual formation, to a detailed level of resolution and technical refinement. Master of Architecture studios require help students to act in the world in a conscientious manner, to work with others, and to communicate (through verbal and visual means) with clarity and maturity.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop a strong and well-informed design research agenda. Identify and analyse key reference points from architecture and any other relevant fields of knowledge toward the formation of an individual research strategy. Synthesise this information through architectural design explorations.

2. Make compelling architectural propositions in response to complex briefs. Apply architectural design research to the formation of a concept, strategy, or position.

3. Conduct robust design exploration through intensive design development. Exercise discerning use of design methods, processes, and media, in a process of ongoing conceptual/formal experimentation.

4. Demonstrate a capacity for self-direction and critical reflection.

5. Develop a cogent argument for your scheme through clear and appropriate communication methods, both visual and verbal.

6. Demonstrate structural, technical, technological and performative knowledge in the design of a complex architectural design scheme.


Design-led research praxis: Master of Architecture Studios are designed to inhabit the rich territory between the theoretical, the propositional and the situational. Individual Studio briefs may range in scope and nature, they all attend to this nexus, while questioning normative assumptions about design and environments. Design-led research praxis is defined as the explorative embodiment of concepts through rigorous, critical, project-based design exploration, informed by gathering, analysing, and synthesising an array of relevant information.

Complex projects and contexts: Architecture’s critical relationship to the complex nature of built and unbuilt environments is key. Studios focus on architecture’s affects: on contributions to, and integration into, complex, extant environments – be they physical, social, cultural, or ecological. Students will navigate complexities and constraints in a variety of forms.

Synthesis and testing: All studios will incorporate methodologies of analogue and/or digital analysis and testing to frame, progress, and refine propositions. Students will experiment with design methods, media, and representational strategies. Formal, compositional, and aesthetic choices should be underpinned by explorative design processes.

Resolution and refinement: Master of Architecture studio projects require a capacity for producing coherent architectural proposals, incorporating structural, technical, technological and performative building requirements. Students will develop a capacity for critical and creative reflection on their own work and others’ as part of this refinement.

Ethics and inclusivity: Master of Architecture projects entail an ethical dimension and acknowledge their presence on unceded lands whether local or global. Resilience and custodianship for human and non-human agents underpin studio projects, and considerations for difference, diversity and respect are cultivated as paramount to the actions of an architect.

Assessment items

Project: Project 1

Project: Project 2

Project: Project 3

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 91 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lectures are incorporated in Studio sessions.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.