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Architecture Design Studio: Fire (ABPL30037)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30037
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject is the capstone subject for the Architecture major in the Bachelor of Environments. It is intended that the subject will integrate previous coursework in the major. The core of the undergraduate design sequence is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools. The focus of the investigations of this subject will be architecture in an urban context, which will be explored by students designing a particular building type, e.g. a theatre, a motel, a car park, a television studio, a school, etc. The project will engage with historical, theoretical, structural, and environmental ideas relevant to the specific project through the lectures and various set design exercises.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to develop a brief in response to a studio theme;
  • Demonstrate an ability to generate, explore and critically evaluate a variety of design possibilities for a given situation;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architectural proposals and studio themes;
  • Select from a range of theories (architectural, artistic, environmental, historical, philosophical, scientific, etc.) and make them relevant to the task at hand;
  • Understand and convincingly and innovatively link the relationship between the selected or developed theory or theories, the site, the city, the architectural program, and the architectural intervention.
  • Demonstrate skills in the appropriate use of representational media;
  • Develop and select from a range of communication options and techniques and select a relevant means of communicating a range of experiential, sensual and conceptual design intentions;
  • Demonstate the ability to make a case for proposals;
  • Integrate the pragmatic issues of the project with their own agenda and to be aware of the experiential, sensual and conceptual consquences of the pragmatic issues;
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate studies from the three streams of subjects from the Architecture Major in design proposal(s);
  • Engage with and contribute to your own work and with the work of others in the studio.

Generic skills

  • A capacity for: verbal and two- and three-dimensional communication skills;
  • Critical evaluation of design ideas and decision making in their regard;
  • Appropriate use of design terminology;
  • Time management and meeting deadlines;
  • Succinct presentation skills entailing the appropriate use of media, format and abstraction.

Eligibility and requirements


Completion of 250 points of Bachelor of Environments subject including:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30048 Architecture Design Studio: Air
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30058 Architecture Design Studio: Sparks
Semester 1
Semester 2

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


  • Design Journal (equivalent to a 2000 word eassay) approximately 40-50 hours of work per student due week 12 (20%);
  • Design Project Interim Submission 1and 2 (including Component of reseach approximately 20 hours of work each ), due week 6 and 9 (10% each);
  • Design Project final submission (including final presentation, approximately 120 hours of work per student), submission in week 12. Presentation
    takes place during the examination period(60%).

Hurdle Requirement:Attendance in at least 75% of studios is obligatory. Failure to attend 75% of studios will normally result in failure in the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorGregory Missingham
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x 3 hour studios per week; 1 x 1 hour lectures per week (or equivalent hours).
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorGregory Missingham
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x 3 hour studios per week; 1 x 1 hour lectures per week (or equivalent hours).
    Total time commitment340 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

340 hours

Further information

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Prescribed texts

A bibliography relevant to the particular project will be included in the subject outline, which will be available to students prior to the first class.

Last updated: 11 May 2017