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Design Studio Gamma (ARCH20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeARCH20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Underlying the undergraduate design course is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools and techniques. The focus of this design subject will be on generating design ideas, translating them into architectural and urban landscape forms, spaces, materials and programs. Students will learn how to refine architecture through consideration of spatial organisation, environmental context and structural necessity. Students will also learn how to communicate comprehensive architectural propositions through 2D- and 3D-modelling (physical and digital), visual and written media and oral presentations.

The focus in this design studio is on issues of materiality, with supporting courses in construction and structures. The studio develops familiarity with, and critical awareness of, processes and modes of production that are specific to architecture and the design of urban or inner suburban landscapes. Group work comprises part of the early phases of the studio as team work is a fundamental aspect of architectural practice. Students learn to negotiate individual aspirations and design propositions with multiple partners and associates.

This design studio focuses on multiple interconnected programs and complex buildings, on local sites, with a development scope of up to 10,000m2. These could form a civic complex or a residential complex, or a set of schools or educational buildings. The designated site will be located within the urban or inner suburban area of Melbourne. The emphasis is on speculative undertakings.

Additional costs to students

Printing and model making costs associated with Studio Gamma at approximately $300.00.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of materials, structures and construction technologies used in buildings, and integrate this knowledge into design propositions
  • Design to the specifics of the brief, and to understand and incorporate site and landscape interface
  • Understand the physical, social, cultural, historical aspects of site context, and the importance of incorporating context into design outputs
  • Grasp scale and space as they relate to people, location and utilisation
  • Design a complex or series of interconnected buildings  that integrate and interface with urban or inner suburban landscapes
  • Negotiate individual design aspirations within the context of a team project
  • Communicate and test ideas and design propositions through iterative use of orthographic drawing, 3D-modelling (digital or physical), photomontage, renderings, and animations
  • Integrate historical and theoretical concepts and processes into design propositions
  • Recognise and demonstrate awareness of the disciplinary frameworks and attributes of architecture
  • Present, substantiate and advocate for design proposals in a public setting, and accept critique in a constructive manner
  • Engage with and contribution to studio culture.


Generic skills

Students completing this subject will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to generate and iteratively test design ideas
  • Ability to work with design precedents
  • Ability to work with different design methodologies
  • Physical and digital model-making and its translation process
  • Ability to integrate digital tools into the design generation and design development processes
  • Graphic communication (including orthographic projections: plans, sections, elevations, axonometric and other projections)
  • Verbal presentation and appropriate use of design terminology
  • Time management and project management
  • Constructive acceptance of feedback and criticism.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARCH10003 Design Studio Alpha
Semester 1
Semester 2



However, it is recommended that students also enrol in ABPL20033 Construction Analysis

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20027 Architecture Design Studio: Earth
Semester 1
ABPL20028 Architecture Design Studio: Water
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

ARCH10002 Construction as Alchemy OR LARC10001 Natural History or ABPL10005 Understanding the Built Environment

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


Additional details

  • Assignment 1 (equivalent to 18 hours of work) due week 3, (15%).Group work review (critique) and oral presentation, demonstrating design output that may include physical or digital models, drawings, written assignments, site analyses, journals and sketches
  • Assignment 2 (equivalent to 24 hours of work) due week 6, (20%). Individual review (critique) and oral presentation, demonstrating design output that may include physical or digital models, drawings, written assignments, site analyses, journals and sketches
  • Assignment 3: Major Project Interim Submission (equivalent to 24 hours of work) due week 9, (20%). Individual review (critique) and oral presentation, demonstrating design output that may include physical or digital models, drawings, written assignments, site analyses, journals and sketches;
  • Assignment 3: Major Project Final submission (equivalent to 36 hours of work) due week 12, (30%). An individual oral presentation of final designs, which will be reviewed by a jury of academic staff/industry practitioners, building on skills and themes developed throughout the semester, demonstrating design output that may include physical or digital models, drawings, written assignments, site analyses, journals and sketches
  • Design Journal. (equivalent to 18 hours of work per student) due week 12, (15%) completed throughout semester, based on themes developed through the lectures, including esquisses and quizzes completed in studios and lectures..

Hurdle requirement:

  • Attendance at 75% or more of lecture and studio classes
  • Participation in design review and oral presentation in Week 3, 6, 9 and 12.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours14 hours of lectures (7X2 hour lectures between week 1- 12) and 36 hours of studios/crits
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019