Course handbook


The architecture as research 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 an architectural proposition. Research findings are presented through a process of continuous engagement with a self-directed individual case study problem.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE4121A, ARBE4121B and ARBE6221. Students who have successfully completed ARBE4121A, ARBE4121B or ARBE6221 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE6232.

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 architecture 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

5. Communicate ideas by presenting an architecture as research project


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

Assessment items

Project: Design Research Hypothesis

Project: Schematic Design

Project: Design Development

Project: Architecture as research presentation

Contact hours

Callaghan and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 66 hour(s) per Term Full Term