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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to studio practice in design and explores, at a basic level, the primary issues informing design—firmness, commodity and delight. The range of problems extends from objects to built environments and their social and physical contexts. The projects offered are designed to develop students' conceptual and compositional abilities to an introductory level, imparting the necessary skills to communicate concepts of modest complexity in a tangible form, and encouraging individual creative work within a supportive environment. Projects also introduce students to significant historical examples and concepts of design. Case studies relevant to the curriculum are presented and students are required to analyse them in establishing relevant design principles.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Architecture B major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an elementary competence in design strategies, theories and methods; (2) implement a basic knowledge of technical areas of study relevant to design; (3) identify and interpret architectural precedents and ideas; (4) apply at a basic level various graphical and modelling communication media; (5) combine text and image in design presentations; and (6) describe and explain their design propositions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an interim project assessment

and (2) a final folio (students must pass the final folio component to pass the unit). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a final folio (students must pass the final folio component to pass the unit) component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Senior Lecturer Kirill de Lancastre Jedenov
Unit rules
Unit(s) ARLA1000 Design Studio - Groundings (ID 1584)
or Unit(s) IDES1000 Design Studio - Groundings
or Unit(s) ARCT1000 Design Studio Fundamentals
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250).
Contact hours
studios: up to 6 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.