Students will produce a developed design brief based on research and analysis leading to a design response. The design will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of relevant issues in terms of architectural aesthetics, structural design principles, sustainabability, understanding of regulations, services and transport options, planning policy and data, construction and materials, history and cultural context. Students will develop professional skills of time and production management to independently create a coherent and testable design proposal, presented with well-developed verbal, written and visual communication skills, enabling the creation of a final portfolio leading to the completion of the degree.


ARC30001 Architectural Design Studio 4 (Construction)

Assumed Knowledge
An ability to implement and understand design practices, documentation techniques and presentation options to represent advanced design and theoretical principles

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Evaluate a studio brief to formulate, consolidate, and synthesise an individual project brief
  • Interpret a project brief as a developed design outcome with clarity and coherence
  • Apply knowledge of architectural history/theory, materials, forms and construction technology appropriate to the design response
  • Implement principles of social and ecological sustainability with respect to the design proposal
  • Communicate the design using a set of graphic techniques
  • Show developed critical understanding of aesthetics, visual and contextual qualities relevant to the design response
  • Exemplify an independently developed level of graphic and verbal presentation skills appropriate to the level of study
  • Show an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ aspirations to care for Country and how these inform architectural design

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
6.00 12 weeks 72
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
2.00 12 weeks 24
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
16.00 12 weeks 192


Type Task Weighting ULO's
PresentationIndividual/Group 15% 3,4,5,8 
PresentationIndividual/Group 15% 5,7,8 
Project 1Individual 10% 1,2,3,8 
Project 2Individual 60% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 


  • Exploration of architectural and urban design, theory, and philosophy
  • Exploration through design of structural, environmental, servicing and accessibility principles
  • Examination of sustainability issues through design
  • Workshop experience to develop manual 3D modelling
  • Develop techniques for communicating site and context evaluation, form studies and modelling
  • Presentation of design concepts through visual, written and verbal communication

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.