ARCT5101 Architecture Studio

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The design studio is defined as a pedagogical and physical environment where students experience the process of design. Its ambition is to guide and support students experiencing the design process by offering the structure to develop their own design methodology, underpinned by a strong research base and an eloquent and critical architectural literacy.

Students select from a range of autonomous studios each structured as an exploration through architectural design. The studios are vertically integrated to offer a wide range of choice of project types and inter-level peer learning. The focus will range from formal briefs and competitions to themes informed by research expertise and practice. These typically require the design of medium to large-scale architectural propositions with complex constraints and requirements of research informed experimental projects.
Students are able to (1) propose ethical positions in response to research through complex architectural project requirements; (2) synthesise at a professional level architectural propositions of substantial complexity; (3) evaluate architectural proposals in relation to the environmental, historical and social contexts; and (4) demonstrate a full range of architectural communication skills at a professional level.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nigel Westbrook
Unit rules
ARCT3030 Construction and ARCT3010 History and Theories of the Built Environment and ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3 or ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 4
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)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
studio: up to 9 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.