Courses & Units

Professional Project KDA720



Studios in the Master of Architecture emphasise professionalism, critical and rigorous design thinking, knowledge of contemporary and emergent theories, technologies and practices, and the development of skills for a diversity of future careers in architecture.

Professional Project is the final capstone studio in the Master of Architecture. It focuses on the synthesis of skills required of graduates from accredited architecture programs under the National Standard of Competency for Architects and the ability to position a design project in relation to specific social, cultural and ecological contexts and contemporary architecture theory and practice. It also develops skills in programming and managing a semester-long project.

Based on your interests and future career aspirations, you can select a studio from a number of offerings led by experts in different fields and contexts. Studios may be offered in partnership with visiting practitioners and/or other institutions including opportunities for intensive masterclasses, workshops and interstate or international travel. Each studio is framed by an overarching brief around a key thematic, which forms a common ground for the studio, from which you will develop a focused, individual design brief and project. As a professional studio, you are expected to demonstrate a high-degree of professionalism and capacity for self-directed learning through programming and managing a semester-long project. Drawing on detailed research encompassing historical, social, environmental and regulatory contexts and critical analysis of relevant precedents, you will apply intellectual discipline, judgement, selfawareness and criticism in the formulation of architectural design problems, concepts and strategies. You will develop a cohesive project from initial concept, through preliminary design, design development and preliminary constructional design stages. At the culmination of the unit you will present your project to a panel of experts and peers emphasising professional visual and verbal communication techniques and the ability to clearly articulate the rationale behind the sequence of decisions that led to the final design proposal.


Unit name Professional Project
Unit code KDA720
Credit points 37.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 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 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Justify conceptual frameworks and design priorities by critically relating social, cultural and ecological contexts and contemporary architectural theory and practice.

ILO 2: Pursue a deliberate line of inquiry for a specific project through strategic, iterative, and critical design thinking.

ILO 3: Develop detailed design solutions aligning conceptual frameworks and design priorities with spatial, compositional, functional, technical and material propositions across macro and micro scales.

ILO 4: Present conceptual approach, rationale, process and design outcomes to expert audiences emphasising professional standards.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $3,572.00 2020: $7,206.00 040101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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KDA408, KDA409, KDA714, KDA715, KDA716 and KDA416 (or KDA417 and KDA418)


Teaching Pattern

Weekly workshop - 4-hours


AT1 Concept design: Visual & verbal presentation (20%)

AT2 Final project report: Collation of concept, process & outcomes (30%)

AT3 Final project presentation: Visual & verbal presentation (50%)

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