Courses & Units

Spatial Typologies 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 Spatial Typologies
Unit code KDA244
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 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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Identify design strategies for spatial organisation and planning through critical evaluation of precedents, regulatory requirements and principles of environmentally sustainable design.
ILO 2: Articulate design ideas, strategies and outcomes using graphic conventions and structured oral and written communication techniques.
ILO 3: Apply creative imagination in synthesising strategies in a detailed design for a given project brief.
ILO 4: Evaluate building performance through the creation of a building information model.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree major)
E&C: Students generate multiple creative options/scenarios and hone strategies via synthesis (convergent design thinking) as a transferable approach to problem framing and resolution; assessed at the level of detailed design (AT2)
Sustainability: Students consider the interaction of multiple frameworks in applying principles of environmentally sustainable design; the justification of strategies underpinning a detailed design project are assessed (AT2)



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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KDA141 and KDA148 and KDA140 and KDA138



Teaching Pattern

Lecture - 1-hr x weekly, Workshop - 3-hr weekly


AT1 – Typologies: Research & Graphic Analysis (30%)
AT2 – Types: Schematic Design Proposition (30%)
AT3 – Proposition: Detailed Design (40%)

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