Architectural Design: Forming
Area of Study
Architecture, Construction Management, Design Management, Graphic Design, Industrial Design
Taught In English
This unit of study is designed for architecture/design student majors
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject is the introductory studio in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture studio sequence. The subject provides the framework to learn essential techniques for the production of spaces as well as important strategies in critical and analytical thinking. Students gain an understanding of the design process; develop an understanding of our relationships to space, form, sequence and the environment; undergo rigorous research and analysis; and develop strategies for translating concepts into spatial solutions. The subject introduces students to diverse sources of architectural concepts, methodologies, principles and skills that comprise a common knowledge base critical to the practice of architecture, including those found in the history of architecture and from outside of architecture, for example, in nature, mathematics, the human body, the landscape and the environment. These sources are considered in terms of their formal appearance, performance in different conditions, cultural and historical associations, and potential for inventive development and transformation. Students are introduced to two- and three-dimensional thinking and exploration, composition and representation. Processes for the development of initial formal proposals for site and program-specific conditions are explored through orthographic drawing, three-dimensional modelling using appropriate software, sketches and scale models.Subject objectivesOn successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:1. become conversant with the methodology of the tutor-led Design Studio2. understand the development of design ideas through a responsive design process3. develop an understanding of scale as applied to an architectural proposition4. develop skills in three-dimensional form making using physical and virtual models5. apply knowledge and skills learned over the semester to respond to a briefed architectural design project as identified in the subject curriculum6. apply knowledge and skills learned in Architectural Communications to the presentation of submitted material.This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:Ability to take autonomous responsibility for actions and decisions (A.1)Ability to establish and develop an informed and ethical position toward social, technical and environmental practices (A.2)Ability to position work within an extended disciplinary context (A.3)Ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required, and constructively contribute to peer learning (C.1)Ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, physical and digital (C.2)Ability to constructively engage with subject learning activities (C.3)Ability to develop innovative approaches (I.1)Ability to understand and challenge disciplinary conventions (I.2)Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes (I.3)Ability to produce inspirational responses that exemplify integration of learning experiences (I.4)Ability to innovatively use architectural technologies and materials (I.5)Ability to apply communication techniques, knowledge and understanding to practical applications in architecture (P.1)Ability to apply relevant digital and/or manual techniques and technologies to architectural practice (P.2)Ability to thoughtfully apply/deploy disciplinary learning in work, with a continuing commitment to personal professional development (P.3)Ability to source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references (R.1)Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study (R.2)Ability to analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives (R.3)Ability to demonstrate knowledge of architectural precedent and to place architectural practice within a contextual framework (R.4)Ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking (R.5)Teaching and learning strategiesWeekly on campus: 1 hr lecture, 3 hr tutorial.Total: 4 hours per weekThe subject is structured around successive project-based design exercises. There will be regular one-hour illustrated lectures that introduce design theory and examples pertinent to the overarching themes and activities of the subject. The remaining three hours per week is structured as guided working sessions in the architecture studios or computer laboratories for drawing and making. These working sessions include participatory group discussion, using individual work as a means for group learning through discussion and critique. Students are expected to attend all lecture and studio sessions, and to follow the suggested progress patterns for each design project. Students are also encouraged to actively participate in the group discussions during the studio teaching.ContentThe content of this subject typically includes a series of project-based design exercises. These projects can take the format of short, fortnightly conceptual design exercises or longer, more conventional projects. The projects and lectures are focussed on architectural form; design processes, contemporary and historic architectural approaches.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Ways of Seeing, Preliminary Investigative ExercisesObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4 and 6This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):A.1, A.3, C.1, C.2, C.3, I.1, I.2, I.3, I.4, I.5, P.2, R.1, R.2, R.3, R.4 and R.5Type: PresentationGroupwork: Group, individually assessedWeight: 30%Assessment task 2: Organisation and Context, Design Development and ImplementationObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):A.1, A.2, A.3, C.2, C.3, I.1, I.2, I.3, I.4, I.5, P.1, P.2, R.2, R.3, R.4 and R.5Type: PresentationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 55%Assessment task 3: PortfolioObjective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):A.1, A.3, C.2, C.3, I.1, I.2, I.4, P.1, P.2, P.3, R.1, R.4 and R.5Type: PortfolioGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 15%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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.