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Master of Architecture Studio B (ABPL90285)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90285
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides an introduction to architectural tectonics, that is, established and continuing methods of integrating spatial definition, construction and program. Through a number of design projects students will integrate ideas of craft and fabrication, typology, social ritual and built context. This will be done through the design of a number of buildings with residential and community programs.

There will be a compulsory five-day workshop during the mid-semester break at which students will gain experience in the use of digital design programs.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Invent concepts for, and resolve the design of, small to medium-sized residential and community buildings;
  • Evaluate their work in relation to other exemplary spatial compositions;
  • Communicate their designs and the disciplinary context in a clear and professional manner.

Generic skills

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

  • propose and evaluate the development of tectonic strategies;
  • propose alternative solutions to a spatial problem and assess their relative value;
  • develop visual and oral presentation techniques appropriate to particular professional situations;
  • respond creatively to complex and ill-defined problems;
  • apply independent thought and reflection;
  • make use of digital design programs.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90284 Master of Architecture Studio A
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


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



  • Documentation and presentation of work to a panel of two projects; each project equivalent to 4500 words and each worth 45%;
  • Each project will run for six weeks, contain a precedent and reference study, an architectural design and a notebook recording the design thinking. All components of the project must be attempted and documented. Presentations of each project will be conducted at weeks 6 and 12;
  • 10% of the final grade is reserved for explicit evidence of reflective thinking in the notebook, equivalent to 1000 words and worth 10%. The notebook is to be submitted at the end of the semester.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDonald Bates
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours124 hours total (1 x 1hr lecture per week, 2 x 3 hr studios per week, 1 x 5 day workshop during mid-semester break).
    Total time commitment340 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

Time commitment details

340 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    None specified

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018