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Advanced Design Research provides you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in design with a focus on areas of research strength in Architecture & Design including environment and sustainability, regional urbanism, advanced materials design (including timber), design for health, digital design and fabrication, heritage and conservation, participatory design and design philosophy and criticism, as well as interdisciplinary projects emphasising emergent research opportunities in the School of Technology, Environments and Design. Drawing on knowledge and skills developed in the Design Research: Methods in the first year of the Master of Architecture and application within a focused context, you will develop competency in undertaking design research, critical for future practice in a rapidly changing global environment.

A series of selectives will be offered each year based on staff research interests and current projects encompassing a diverse range of methods and outputs. Additionally, students with a minimum distinction-level pass across both Design Research Methods units are eligible to undertake a self-directed research inquiry, subject to the availability of appropriate supervisors. Selective streams will operate independently, but are centrally coordinated, integrating key content and providing a forum for sharing design research approaches and outputs across the various streams.

Summary 2021

Unit name Advanced Design Research
Unit code KDA718
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Formulate design research questions and appropriate methods of inquiry that extend from clearly articulated knowledge gaps within a contemporary field of architectural inquiry.

ILO 2: Apply critical and ethical judgement in the framing and implementation of a design research project.

ILO 3: Generate research outcomes that extend understanding and/or practices for an identified field of architectural inquiry.

ILO 4: Articulate research questions, methods and findings emphasising engagement with identified targeted audiences.




KDA408, KDA409, KDA714, KDA715, KDA716


Teaching Pattern

Weekly workshop - 4-hours


AT1 Research approach: Written proposal (individual 20%)

AT2 Process: Visual seminar presentation (20%)

AT3 Outputs: Various depending on selective (60%)

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