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Unit Overview


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. Design studios are devised as design-led research projects, with an expressed line of enquiry transcending the specific parameters, scale, brief and requirements of the studio. Design response to such a line of enquiry informs evaluation and marking of each studio.

Students are expected to contribute to the architectural debate with an informed and authentic voice. Being the fifth unit in the iterative sequence of Design Studios students propose rigorously researched, theoretically supported, highly developed, individual and speculative designs.

12 points

Students are able to (1) reflect on 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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Simon Anderson
Unit rules
ARCT5004 Architectural Design 5d
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)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
studio: up to 9 hours a week
  • 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.