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Architecture Design Studio: Air (ABPL30048)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30048
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The core of the undergraduate design sequence is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools. Students will undertake a series of studio-based exercises in design demanding greater synthesis of diverse requirements and leading to increasingly resolved designs.

Emphases include:

  • three-dimensional spatial ordering;
  • the development of an architectural language that can be responsive to different conditions;
  • representation and composition
  • an examination of interior and exterior spaces.

A variety of exploratory and analytic thinking methods, from concept mapping such as charting, will be introduced alongside a range of three-dimensional media, from digital modelling to physical modelling. Linking these investigations will be the theme of air, which may be explored conceptually, metaphorically, structurally, or technologically – e.g. atmosphere, acoustics (auditoria), music, inflatables, air flow and air quality, ventilation and cooling, wind turbines and wind forces.

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 various three-dimensional media;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architecture and air through the application of the three points above;
  • Further develop the ability to make a case for proposals.

Generic skills

An intermediate capacity for:

  • two and three-dimensional communication skills;
  • analysis and exploration of design ideas; appropriate use of design terminology;
  • time management and meeting deadlines;
  • both verbal and two- and three-dimensional graphic presentation skills;
  • ability to conceptualise in three dimensions;
  • appropriate use of design terminology.

Eligibility and requirements


Completion of 162.5 points of Bachelor of Environments subject including either:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth
Semester 1


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water
Semester 2

(both recommended).



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

It is strongly recommended that students complete a minimum of 162.5 points of Bachelor of Environments subjects before undertaking this subject.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Part A: Conceptualisation (Equivalent to 650 words) due week 3 (15%);
  • Quizzes (equivalent to 750 words) due weeks 2-8 (20%);
  • Part B: Criteria Design (equivalent to 1300 words) due week 9 (30%);
  • Part C: Detailed Design (equivalent to 1700 words) due week 14 (35%).

Hurdle requirement: Must get at least 40% (14/35) for Part C to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorStanislav Roudavski
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1x1 hour lecture per week; 1x3 hour studio per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Semester 1: Dr Stanislav Roudavski

    Email: srou@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorRosie Gunzburg
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1x1 hour lecture per week; 1x3 hour studio per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Semester 2: Miss Rosemary Gunzburg

    Email: rosemary.gunzburg@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Prescribed texts

Subject Reader

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Last updated: 11 January 2018