Architectural Design 2A

Subject ABPL20001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1x3 hours studio per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Two of 702-101 (ABPL10005) - Architectural Design 1A, 702-103 (ABPL10006) - Architectural Design 1B or 702-104 (ABPL10007) - Architectural Design 1C. (Not running anynmore)

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Mr Andrew Hutson


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview:

Students will undertake a series of studio-based exercises in design which introduce iterative techniques for generating architectural design. Through a series of structured exercises using drawing, physical model making, digital imaging and 3D computer modeling, students will develop ideas for architectural form, which are subsequently tested against function and site constraints. The aim is to extend formal vocabularies - surface, geometry, space - and introduce the idea that architecture is experienced through time as a sequence of interconnected spaces and experiences. These exercises are the starting points for the design of medium scale public building. The objective is to develop a convincing representation of surface, form, space, and light explored in relation to a personal interpretation of the functional brief and in relation to particular site conditions. Along with the ability to conceptualise in three dimensions, students will develop appropriate documentation and graphic and model-making skills sufficient to undertake Architectural Design and Practice 2B.


On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • understand the value of developing ideas across a range of media;
  • generate architectural proposals suitable for medium scale public or institutional buildings.

Assessment will comprise two projects (40% and 60%).

Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • ability to analyse social and cultural contexts;
  • creative response to complex problems;
  • appropriate use of design terminology.

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