Courses & Units

Architecture Studio: Type KDA244



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.

Spatial Typologies focuses on strategic approaches to design inquiry emphasising spatial organisation and planning and evaluation of building performance. Employing analytical design thinking techniques, you will identify similarities, differences and patterns in spatial typologies of historical and contemporary precedents related to particular programs and different climatic contexts. Working from a given project brief, you will apply typological and rule-based approaches to the generation and evaluation of different schematic propositions emphasising functional and environmental performance and regulatory compliance. You will then develop these ideas in a single, synthesised detailed design proposition. Throughout the unit, you will develop skills in communication techniques emphasising graphic conventions and the structuring of images, text and oral presentations for clarity and consistency. The unit also introduces you to object-based modelling processes and their use in design through testing and evaluating building performance.


Unit name Architecture Studio: Type
Unit code KDA244
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Mark Sawyer

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 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 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes


Identify design strategies for spatial organisation and planning through critical evaluation of precedents, regulatory requirements and principles of environmentally sustainable design


Articulate design ideas, strategies and outcomes using graphic conventions and structured oral and written communication techniques


Apply creative imagination in synthesising strategies in a detailed design for a given project brief


Evaluate building performance through the creation of a building model


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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KDA138 and KDA139 and KDA140 and KDA141



Teaching Pattern

1 x 60 minute lecture weekly, 1 x 180 minute weekly


AT1 – Typological & Precedent Analysis (30%)
AT2 – Schematic Propositions (30%)
AT3 – Design Proposal (40%)

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