Courses & Units

Advanced Design Research KDA718


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.


Unit name Advanced Design Research
Unit code KDA718
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Helen Norrie
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Formulate design research projects that extend knowledge gaps within a field of architectural inquiry.
  • Use design research methodologies to conduct research in a particular field of architectural inquiry.
  • Compile research outcomes that extends understanding and/or practices for the field of architectural inquiry.
  • Communicate research outcomes to inform a targeted audience about a specific field of architectural inquiry
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable $4,804.00

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KDA714 - Urban Futures Studio AND KDA715 - Global Studio AND KDA716 - Advanced Technologies AND KDA408 - Design Research - Methods AND KDA409 - Design Research - Communication


Teaching Pattern

Weekly 3 hour workshop/

AssessmentAT3 Research Project (60%)|AT2 Process: Visual seminar presentation (20%)|AT1 Research Proposal (20%)
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