Architecture Design Studio 1

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Architecture Design Studio 1

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    This subject is an introduction to the discourse and practice of architectural design, how this is differentiated from building design, and how the ordering of space involves representation, situation, context, history, materiality, scale, analysis, containment and inhabitation. This subject will initiate exploratory thinking and creative capacities in beginning students. General understandings of space, material, organisation, and composition are explored through a series of focused, discrete exercises which shall be framed around specific methodologies of craftsmanship, tools, materials, and representation in both 2d and 3d outcomes. Fundamental spatial explorations, particularly focused on the interior and the body in space will be explored in conjunction with basic topics of proportion, ergonomics, light, approach, scale, and circulation through project-based exercises in a landscape context. Subject-object relationships, the voyeur, the architectural promenade, and other theories of experience related to the moving subject are a primary emphasis of the studio content. The studio work shall be linked directly to concurrent studies in manual drawing techniques and material studies. Integrated in this subject is a technology component which explores architecture and its place in the built environment. This shall introduce a range of concepts and intuitive levels of understanding in building science with regard to technology and the environment. Basic structural principles are to be introduced as well as various strategies for dealing with static and dynamic forces in buildings. Passive solar design techniques, ventilation, environmental performance, and thermal comfort shall be studied, and basic examinations of acoustics and lighting are to be covered.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Develop a foundation of visual, spatial, and material literacy, forming the foundation of the student’s vocabulary as a designer, assimilating information, precedents, and approaches to design thinking. Visual and conceptual abstraction is a key intellectual outcome. It is essential that the student becomes aware of the functional and aesthetic relationships between space, form, light and materials. 
    2. Students will develop abilities for inquiry, organisation and comparison of information/resources, critical observation & reflection on relevant issues, and coherence of argument. Observation and critical reflection are tested through the student’s individual study. 

    3. Demonstrate basic architectural skills in 2D, 3D, oral and written communication

    4. Students are expected to develop an understanding of fundamental performance based aspects of building design, including structural principles, daylight/lighting level analysis, thermal analysis, ventilation and acoustic analysis. Students shall learn to use building and analysis as a generator of form, and/or as a specific set of characteristics which modulate how buildings are both built and experienced. 

    5. Develop an awareness and understanding of the material world in architecture, and how technological and environmental design involve the resourcing, configuration, and deployment of material in a variety of contexts

    6. Demonstrate effective communication, collaborative and organisational skills in a group setting

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.