Courses & Units

Architecture Studio: Form KDA240


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 second year, Studios focus on the application of foundational design skills to address specific design problems.

Architecture Studio: Form focuses on speculative approaches to design inquiry emphasising form, massing, materials and tectonics in response to critical interpretation of contextual. Employing analytical techniques and parametric approaches to design inquiry, you will identify, extract and manipulate relations informed by critical evaluation and interpretation of regulatory frameworks, urban fabric and morphology. You will be introduced to computational design software and its role in generating, testing and evaluating multiple design options. Working within a given project context, you will develop detailed designs for building skins and thresholds applying principles of materials and tectonics in relation to environmental, social and cultural parameters. The unit also develops your skills in visualisation and communication using techniques of abstract and material representation.


Unit name Architecture Studio: Form
Unit code KDA240
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 Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 informed by critical interpretation of context including regulatory frameworks, physical fabric and urban morphology
  • Employ parametric design approaches to generate, test and evaluate opportunities for form and massing
  • Resolve detailed design solutions for building skins and thresholds emphasising tectonics and contextual relations
  • Communicate form, massing and material propositions through abstract and material representation

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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Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.



KDA138 and KDA139 and KDA140 and KDA141


Teaching Pattern

12 x weekly 60-minute lectures, 12 x weekly 180-minute workshops, 1 x 360-minute review workshop

AssessmentAT1: Parameters analyse context, climate and relevant frameworks to extract parameters (30%)|AT2: Conceptual Design - Conceptual Design: develop an external envelope (35%)|AT3: Threshold Designs (35%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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