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Travelling Studio (Sweden) (ABPL90114)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90114
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Travelling studios are working laboratories for design thought and production and involve the exploration of complex, real-life issues. They expose students to unfamiliar cultures, places and people, and stimulate their ability to think creatively and solve problems.

These studios aim to bring together students from architecture, urban design, landscape and planning streams and encourage an interdisciplinary focus.

Pre-trip briefings or seminars will precede the travel component of the studio. The studio will incur travel costs, in addition to tuition fees. Faculty subsidies may be available.



This travelling design studio caters for postgraduate students from multi-disciplines: architecture and landscape architecture. The theme of this studio is ‘design for ageing’ which covers age-friendly community and neighbourhood design, inclusive urban design and universal access, landscape design for health and wellness, residential aged care facility design for older adults. This studio enables students to be exposed to current design practices in Sweden and draws their awareness of the needs of older adults and the global demographic changes of ageing population, which requires improved inclusiveness in our built environment. In addition to the intensive work to be undertaken during the two-week travel in Sweden, students will participate in design studios before and after the travel for site analysis, precedent case studies, schematic design towards their final design works at the end of the semester.

This studio is in collaboration with the Centre for Healthcare Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, which is a leading research institution in healthcare and aged care architecture. Therefore, this design studio provides a valuable opportunity for collaboration with academics over there and visiting exemplary Swedish healthcare and aged care facilities.

Students are encouraged to propose solutions to respond to our society’s needs. Bringing real-world issues into design studios can draw students’ awareness of contemporary issues and enable them to equip themselves with the capabilities to formulate corresponding strategies to cope with the ever faster changing professional environment.


Flights: $1500
Accommodation: $800
Domestic transport: $120
Living expenses (meals and incidentals): $900

Note: Prices listed are subject to change. Participating students will receive a one-off subsidy of $800 from the Faculty utilised towards student’s accommodation costs and may be eligible to receive a one off payment of up to $1,000 from Melbourne Global Mobility (conditions apply).


This traveling studio can count as credit towards your course in one of the categories listed below

  • Master of Architecture: ABPL90142 (Master of Architecture Studio C), ABPL90143 (Master of Architecture Studio D), ABPL90115 (Master of Architecture Studio E) or Architecture elective or multidisciplinary electives
  • Master of Landscape Architecture: multidisciplinary electives


For additional information about this studio: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/travelling-studios

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Identify and engage critically with specific cultural practices, industrial contexts and socio-technical traditions
  • Think systematically and creatively and problem solve through their experiences of how local issues govern planning, design and construction processes in a particular location
  • Develop performance-based design
  • Identify performance differences and mutual impacts within spatial programs
  • Understand the relationship between social programs and spatial form
  • Communicate a complex design vision in a clear and professional manner
  • Develop advanced design and communication skills to effectively generate, develop and present design proposals
  • Understand sustainability principles through a typical sequence of site and contextual analysis, site planning and detailed design

Generic skills

  • An understanding of ethical responses to issues
  • Identification of emerging trends in practice
  • Visual and oral presentation techniques
  • Three-dimensional representation
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Capacity for independent thought and reflection
  • Creative response to complex problems

Last updated: 5 October 2019