Courses & Units

Formal Morphologies KDA240



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 second year, studios focus on the synthesis of foundational design skills within targeted applied contexts emphasising diverse approaches to design inquiry and the extension of skills in critical evaluation and professional communication.

Formal Morphologies focuses on speculative approaches to design inquiry emphasising form, massing, materials and tectonics in response to critical interpretation of contextual factors. 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 Formal Morphologies
Unit code KDA240
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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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: Identify design priorities informed by critical interpretation of context including regulatory frameworks, physical fabric and urban morphology.
ILO 2: Employ parametric design approaches to generate, test and evaluate opportunities for form and massing.
ILO 3: Resolve detailed design solutions for building skins and thresholds emphasising tectonics and contextual relations.
ILO 4: Communicate form, massing and material propositions through abstract and material representation.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree major)
Numeracy: Students are introduced to parametric (algorithmic) and automated approaches to generating form using computation and digital fabrication; assessed via a detailed 2D/3D design (AT3)



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 - 4-hr weekly


AT1 – Parameters: Context Analysis & Design Priorities (25%)
AT2 – Speculations: Generative Propositions & Tests (35%)
AT3 – Thresholds: Detailed Design (40%)

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