Courses & Units

Architecture Studio: Place KDA140


Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments Architecture Studio units focus on the development and refinement of conceptual, analytical and technical skills through applied problem-based learning in a diverse range of real-world contexts. In first year, Studios focus on establishing foundational design knowledge and competencies.

Architecture Studio: Place focuses on the development of foundational knowledge and skills related to the design of objects in landscapes. Through examination of historical and contemporary precedents, you will develop understanding of architectural elements and principles of place, form and order. A series of exercises introduce you to empirical approaches to site analysis and design including understanding of topography, design for climate and experiential dimensions of place. You will also develop foundational analogue skills in imagining, representing and testing ideas in 2D and 3D through sketches, diagrams, model-making techniques and orthographic projections across relevant scales from the site to the detail. At the culmination of the unit you will apply your knowledge and skills in a design proposal for a small-scale habitable structure.


Unit name Architecture Studio: Place
Unit code KDA140
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Richard Burnham
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify design priorities for a specific site through detailed site analysis and application of climate design principles.
  • Conceptualise design ideas informed by speculative and critical analysis of historical and contemporary precedents.
  • Employ iterative design processes to develop and refine designs in response to a given project brief.
  • Communicate 3D spatial design propositions using model-making techniques, orthographic projections and diagrams.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 50 minute lecture weekly, 1 x 3-hr studio weekly

AssessmentMacro-Micro (25%)|Second Skin (35%)|Parasite (40%)|Hurdle Task: model-making OnGuard
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