Master of Architecture Studio E

Subject ABPL90115 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 26-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jul-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Studio class allocation process is done via a ballot, for further information please refer to the

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 7 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, Semester 1, Semester 2

or equivalent

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:


Dr Peter Raisbeck, Prof Donald Bates


Email: Donald Leslie Bates

The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)
Current Student Enquires:

Subject Overview:

This studio emphasises how successful architectural designs express ideas based in well-grounded, critical thinking, and on values manifest in visions of desired futures. Through design projects and analysis of seminal works, students will develop both design ideas for projects and architectural expressions of those ideas. Autonomous studio options will cover a range of project types including housing, public institutions and urban design, taught with an emphasis on architecture as idea, materiality or program. Students will be expected to choose a different emphasis and project type than for Studios C and D, and to demonstrate an advanced level of design resolution, conceptual engagement and aesthetic expression. The studio will be vertically integrated with Architectural Design Studios C & D to ensure a wide range of choice and inter-level learning.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Successfully create and resolve the design of a building of medium complexity
  • Communicate a complex design vision in a clear and professional manner
  • Integrate the diverse requirements of larger scale architectural projects
  • Assess both the efficacy and the efficiency of their designs against possible alternatives
  • Develop performance-based design
  • Evaluate design decisions against industrial, environmental and site conditions, building scale and general principles of sustainability.
  • A mid-semester jury review (critique) oral presentation equivalent to 100 hours of work demonstrating design output that may include physical models, drawings, written assignments, site analyses, journals and sketches. Worth 30%.
  • An end of semester jury review (critique) oral presentation equivalent to 240 hours of work building on work developed throughout the semester demonstrating design output that may include physical models, drawings, written assignments, site analyses and sketches. Worth 70%.

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend 75% of studios

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Identification of emergent trends in practice
  • Understanding of relevant policies and practices
  • Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse, design and communicate
  • Appropriate use of technical terminology
  • Analysis and synthesis of data in order to prepare proposals
  • Evaluation of existing knowledge
  • The ability to efficiently locate available information and to make effective use of it.
Related Course(s): Master of Architectural Engineering
Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture

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