Architecture Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Architecture Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or proper booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an accurate representation of the student?s skills set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Studio-based design projects introduce the issues, concepts vocabularies and strategies of architectural design. Exploration and representation of architectural ideas in a range of media. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of design as a self-reflective activity, synthesising interconnected contextual factors and a range of influences from conceptual to pragmatic concerns. A fast, free and intelligent approach will be encouraged with an emphasis on experimentation and lateral thinking. The course will introduce knowledge and skills crucial to the design process, and will lead students towards an awareness of method and critical ability. Strategies of architectural composition; ordering, forming and massing will be emphasised, along with ways in which these are experimented with and brought to resolution. Students will be encouraged to work in more than one representational media at all times. A series of three quick-fire design projects will be followed by a longer design project that will take the students though an architectural design process, from conceptual beginnings to a developed and rich architectural result.

    Course Learning Objectives
    1: Conceptual/ Theoretical/ Research
    Students will be introduced to the connection between concepts of space and design practice - and will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the connection between them in terms of their own designs.
    2: Compositional Strategies
    Students will be able to critically apply concepts of space to architectural compositional strategies, including geometry, massing, material, texture and ornamentation.
    3: Constraints
    Students will be able to analyse and accommodate physical and technical constraints in their design practice, such as: site, human use and occupation, function, structure and materials.
    4: Media
    Students will be able to use analogue and digital design media to develop their architectural strategies and be able to describe their architecture within drawing conventions.

    Project 1 50%
    Project 2 50%

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.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.