ARCT5003 Architectural Design 5c

12 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodAthensFace to face
Level 5 Design Studio units are taken sequentially and are available in all three teaching periods. These units represent the culmination of a university education in the discipline of Architecture. Master of Architecture Design Studios include an expressed research component, supported by a proposed line of enquiry which uses design as an investigative medium. Proposed design studio programs are characterised as either Contextual, Methodological or Topical, or a combination of the three. Studio projects may vary in scale and complexity, from domestic to urban, however, they are all capable of incorporating the full range of knowledge and skills required for the conceptualisation and realisation of a fully resolved architectural proposition.

Master of Architecture Design Studios units demand complete schemes, taken to a developed design stage incorporating research, program formulation, site planning and spatial organisation. In addition, it is expected that students demonstrate a thorough grasp of the various technical aspects of building design including construction, services and detailing. The making of things, and specifically the making of architecture, carries with it the burden of cultural responsibility. Projects are pursued to a developed stage demonstrating the integration of the diverse areas of architectural knowledge in a thoroughly resolved design proposition. This includes an understanding of the various technical aspects of built form—construction, services, climatic control and site planning. However, while the above is of great importance, the architectural idiom is primarily concerned with an invitation to participate in the structure, balance and ordering of form. Design studios are devised as design-based research projects with an expressed line of enquiry transcending the specific parameters, scale, brief and requirements of the studio. Design response to such line of enquiry informs evaluation and marking of each studio. For many students, Master of Architecture Design Studios offer the greatest opportunity for the architectural experiment to take place—to propose what might be rather than what is.

In the third iteration of the Architectural Design Studio at Masters level students are encouraged to develop individual architectural identity on the basis of technical competence rather than as a consequence of it. Propositions are complex in resolution and exhibit a considered theoretical basis for design.
Students are able to (1) reconcile divergent factors and integrate domains of knowledge in the articulation of an architectural proposition; (2) execute to a professional level sophisticated architectural propositions; (3) integrate the technical and environmental areas of study in complex architectural propositions; (4) implement sophisticated social and ethical sensibilities in the architectural design process; (5) through an expressed research component, develop conceptual rigour and demonstrate a considered theoretical basis for design; and (6) articulate cogent architectural propositions verbally and graphically at a professional level.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Geoffrey London
Unit rules
ARCT5002 Architectural Design 5b
Contact hours
studio: up to 9 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1 :
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.