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Architecture Design Studio: Water (ABPL20028)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20028
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly called Architecture Design Studio 2.

The core of the undergraduate design sequence is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools. As an extension of 702-239 (ABPL20027) Architecture Design Studio 1: Earth, the focus of this second design subject will be the generation and articulation of design possibilities through a series of studio projects. Linking these investigations will be the theme of water, which may be explored conceptually, metaphorically, structurally, or technologically – e.g. waterproofing, rain screens, hygiene, perspiration, sports centres, hydraulics, humidity, marine or riverine environments, pools.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to interrogate a brief;
  • Demonstrate an ability to generate a variety of design possibilities for a given situation;
  • Develop skills in choosing and using appropriate representational media;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architecture and water through the application of the first three points above;
  • Develop an ability to present and justify design proposals.

Generic skills

  • Graphic communication skills (including orthographic – plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and other like projections);
  • Generation of design ideas;
  • Appropriate use of design terminology;
  • Time management and meeting deadlines;
  • Both verbal and two-dimensional graphic presentation skills;
  • Relation of representations to designs.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENVS10004 Designing Environments
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students are expected to have skills in basic model making, drafting and drawing. Students requiring extra skills in drafting are strongly encouraged to attend a short intensive optional workshop to be held before the middle of the semester.

The following subject is recommended:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request 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 Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • Sketches and analysis of selected master-architect designs equivalent to 1000 words, due week 4 (20%);
  • Students’ own designs presented in professional sketches equivalent to 1000 words, due week 9 (20%);
  • Students’ completed designs presented in standard professional drawings equivalent to 2000 words, due week 12 (60%).

Hurdle requirement: Minimum attendance at 10/12 tutorials is a hurdle requirement for this subject. Discretion regarding meeting the attendance hurdle may be applied by the subject coordinator for students who have experienced circumstances of disadvantage affecting their ability to attend, provided the subject coordinator is advised in writing as soon as these circumstances arise.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJianfei Zhu
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1x1 hour lecture per week; 1x3 hour studio per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Related breadth tracks

Breadth options

This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Prescribed texts

Subject Reader

Recommended texts and other resources

  • Ching, Francis D K. Architecture: Form, Space & Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1979 (most recent edition);
  • Bielefeld, Burt & Sebastian El Khouli. Basics Design Ideas, Basel: Birkhauser, 2007;
  • Jormakka, Kari. Basics Design Methods, Basel: Birkhauser, 2007.
Last updated: 15 July 2017