Available in 2021
Course code



30 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The architecture as research studio is structured into a number of tutor-led themes aligned to complex issues associated with the built environment. Students devise a research model that includes data gathering, recursive experimentation, weekly discussion and critique leading to an architectural proposition. Research findings are presented through a process of continuous engagement with a self-directed individual case study problem.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE4121A and ARBE4121B. Students who have successfully completed ARBE4121A or ARBE4121B are not eligible to enrol in ARBE6232.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop an expansive and diverse variety of references (theoretical and practical)

2. Apply architectural research through creative practice

3. Demonstrate iterative experimentation to a design process

4. Integrate research findings within a design project

5. Communicate architectural research ideas both visually and orally.


  • Research-based design
  • Urban context reading, creating analysis, data processing
  • Design research hypothesis
  • Abstract systems, working models, analogue/digital testing
  • Schematic design (argument and strategy)
  • Scheme integration into urban context
  • Design research progression, resolution and refinement

Assessment items

Project: Project Dossier

Project: Design Schematic

Project: Design Development

Contact hours



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

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