Courses & Units

Architecture Studio: Type KDA244


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: Type 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 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. 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 digital 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Mark Sawyer
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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

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 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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KDA138 and KDA140 and KDA151


Teaching Pattern
  • 12 x weekly 60-minute online videos
  • 12 x weekly 180-minute workshops
  • 1 x 360-minute review workshop
AssessmentPrecedent extraction (30%)|Schematic design (30%)|Design (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



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