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Order, Relation, System KDA140



Studios in the major of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments 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 are paired with related Design Thinking units which provide broad theoretical context and essential practical skills relevant to the studio.

Order, Relation, System focuses on the development of foundational knowledge and skills related to the design of objects in landscapes. Through examination of key historical and contemporary precedents, you will develop understanding of the vocabulary of architectural elements and principles of space, form and order. A series of collaborative exercises introduce you to empirical, analytical and conceptual approaches to site analysis and design including understanding of topography, design for climate and experiential and aesthetic dimensions of place. Applying visual-based representation and analytical skills introduced in Design Thinking 1, you will also develop foundational analogue skills in imagining, representing and testing ideas in 2D and 3D through 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 Order, Relation, System
Unit code KDA140
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Richard Burnham

Teaching staff

David Beynon

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Communicate 3D spatial design propositions using model-making techniques, orthographic projections and diagrams.
ILO 2: Identify design priorities for a specific site through detailed site analysis and application of climate design principles.
ILO 3: Employ iterative design processes to develop and refine designs in response to a given project brief.
ILO 4: Conceptualise design ideas informed by speculative and critical analysis of historical and contemporary precedents.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree major)
Experiential learning: Students are guided to undertake foundational site analysis, professional methods of site observation, documentation and brief development; assessed via micro/macro scaled design tasks (AT2 & 3)



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 040101

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Teaching Pattern

Workshop - 1 x 4-hrs weekly


AT1 - Order: Context Analysis & Design Proposition (30%)
AT2 - Relation: Context Analysis & Design Proposition (20%)
AT3 - System: Context Analysis & Design Proposition (50%)

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