Robin Boyd Studio

Subject ABPL90354 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Nov-2015 to 04-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 30-Nov-2015
Census Date 30-Nov-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Dec-2015

Quota: 18

This subject is a quota subject and places are limited. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, but places are not guaranteed until selection is completed. You will be notified in writing by the Student Centre if you are selected.

Selection criteria:

Applicants will be ranked and selected on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Academic merit

2. Statement of motivation plus an outline of how the applicant can contribute to the studio

3. Portfolio of design work

Priority will be given to architecture graduates and current graduate architecture students in their final year of study.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage:

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 56 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-ARCH Master of Architecture
MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)
MC-URBDES Master of Urban Design
MC-DESURBD Master of Design (Urban Design)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Philip Goad


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The Robin Boyd Foundation's Walsh Street design studios explore the public role of an architect. They provide an opportunity for students to be better equipped theoretically and practically and to develop critical thinking around architectural design in an urban context and the role of good design for the community.

The design studios are a five day residential program that involve an intensive design studio culminating in design presentations by participants with critique by the studio tutors, invited guests and project stakeholders. The project requires an architectural design response within a strong urban context on a site of high government and city importance.

Participants will be expected to work in groups, share knowledge and participate in discussions and pin-ups - the emphasis is strongly on participation. Professional Architects from Melbourne will be invited to participate in some of the pin-ups and crits.

Participation in the Robin Boyd Foundation's Walsh Street design studios will encourage students to consider and develop their awareness and skills in:

  1. the public aspects of architecture - the impact of buildings on streetscapes, neighbourhoods and community;
  2. communicating architecture - the presentation of ideas and concepts in an articulate and accessible manner;
  3. the collaborative nature of the production of architecture.
Learning Outcomes:

To provide students with an intensive studio-based learning experience, with a focus on sustainable design in an urban context.


Design presentation (15 minutes with 15 minutes feedback) and submission of design (equivalent to 5000 words), due at end of teaching period - 100%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • An understanding of ethical responses to urban and building design issues
  • Identification of emerging trends in practice
  • Visual and oral presentation techniques
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Capacity for independent thought and reflection
  • Creative response to complex problems
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Urban Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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