ARCT2001 Design Studio

Credit
12 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Architecture B major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit introduces a series of tools for the analysis of sites and the production of design speculations within them. There is an emphasis on testing, assessing, and refining design speculations continually before implementation. Digital design tools and skills will be introduced as a means to critically examine the shifts in technologies affecting conceptual and practical aspects of the design process. Students are given the opportunity to verbally present their work within the studio, and to give and receive critique throughout the semester.

The main objective is for students to explore the design process in a collaborative environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationship between architecture and site. This is within the context of contemporary issues affecting design, including ecological impact, sustainability and emerging technologies.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) comprehend and model existing contexts in a detailed manner; (2) make conceptual architectural proposals of modest complexity; (3) propose, appraise, and test the merits of design propositions in an iterative process; and (4) develop ecologically innovative concepts as a component of design proposals.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) interim project assessment and (2) final folio. 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 final folio component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Santiago Perez
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals) and ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
Incompatibility:
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making, IDES2040 Future Making
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
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: at least 9 hours per week
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