Master of Architecture Studio B

Subject ABPL90285 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 7 hours per week for total of 84 contact hours
Total Time Commitment: 240 hours
Prerequisites: The following subject is a pre-requisite:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

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Miss Catherine Duggan, Mr Rennie Liffen


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to architectural tectonics, that is, established and continuing methods of integrating spatial definition, construction and program. Through a number of design projects students will integrate ideas of craft and fabrication, typology, social ritual and built context. This will be done through the design of a number of buildings with residential and community programs.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • invent concepts for, and resolve the design of, small to medium-sized residential and community buildings;
  • evaluate their work in relation to other exemplary spatial compositions;
  • communicate their designs and the disciplinary context in a clear and professional manner.

Documentation and presentation of work to a panel of two projects; each project equivalent to 4500 words and each worth 45%.

Each project will run for six weeks, contain a precedent and reference study, an architectural design and a notebook recording the design thinking. All components of the project must be attempted and documented. Presentations of each project will be conducted at weeks 6 and 12.

10% of the final grade is reserved for explicit evidence of reflective thinking in the notebook, equivalent to 1000 words and worth 10%. The notebook is to be submitted at the end of the semester.

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 this subject, students should be able to:

  • propose and evaluate the development of tectonic strategies;
  • propose alternative solutions to a spatial problem and assess their relative value;
  • develop visual and oral presentation techniques appropriate to particular professional situations;
  • respond creatively to complex and ill-defined problems;
  • apply independent thought and reflection.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture

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