Design Research Studio C

ARC80002 25 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students

Contact hours

  • 72 hours face to face+Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is for students to refine their creative thinking processes by generating, testing and resolving speculative design propositions that respond to a range of complex, contemporary global challenges at an advanced level. Students will utilise developed agile, nonlinear learning abilities to respond to uncertain outcomes and to make meaningful connections between challenging, contradictory or unlikely elements. Students will learn to take risks and learn from failure through design iteration whilst using architectural and/or urban design as to answer research questions. Students will identify a design challenge; set out an integrated design research question; articulate a design research method; and put forward a tested, rigorous and resolved design proposition, drawing conclusions about the weakness and strengths of their design approach.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Use design ideation to pose and probe questions to identify opportunities for development of design proposals.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ aspirations to care for Country and how these inform architectural and/or urban design.
3. Apply creative imagination, design precedents, research, emergent knowledge and critical evaluation in formulating and refining concept design options, including the exploration of three dimensional form and spatial quality
4. Apply knowledge of architecture and/or urban design history, theories and technical skills at an advanced level to uncertain problems which have unfamiliar or emergent circumstances and incomplete information, and critically analyse and synthesise a range of data to formulate a design hypothesis at an advanced level.
5. Demonstrate skills in contextual analysis of site, culture, environment, regulations and codes to think strategically and apply planning and design concepts, skills and knowledge at the range of scales and spatial settings relevant to the design proposal, at an advanced level.
6. Demonstrate skills in design resolution of a complex architectural and/or urban design program using appropriate forms of documentation to integrate space, materials, construction, structure and form to achieve sustainable environmental, social and cultural goals.
7. Clearly and concisely communicate and document architecture and/or urban design proposals via a range of media and methods including visual, verbal and written, as appropriate to various audiences and purposes
8. Work productively as an individual or in a team in a mentoring role, within multidisciplinary and diverse groups