Design Research Studio D

ARC80003 25 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 72 hours Face to Face + Blended

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

This unit enables students to demonstrate mastery of creative design processes in architecture and/or urban design by identifying a contemporary design challenge; setting out an ambitious design research question; articulating a design research method; performing independent research, integrating their research directly into their design, and; putting forward a tested and rigorous design proposition. Students will model, simulate, test and communicate their proposals with relevant and suitable media and methods clearly and concisely. They will demonstrate an understanding of the environmental, spatial, material, structural, construction, theoretical, social, cultural and design practice contexts, at a range of scales relevant to their proposal.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Develop an independent design thesis proposal that uses architectural and/or urban design to explore a coherent research question.
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. Demonstrate application of planning and design concepts, skills, and knowledge, including history, cultural context and precedent across scales and spatial settings relevant to the design proposal
4. Develop and draw conclusions from mapping, modelling and simulations that express and study a variety of parameters to examine behaviour, interaction and performance relevant to the design research proposal.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based design through testing a design proposal against relevant contexts and data, including regulatory, theoretical, performance, social, cultural and ethical frameworks  
6. Demonstrate professional skills in resolving and documenting design propositions in architecture and/or urban design that integrate regulatory, structural, construction, material, environmental, social and theoretical issues across the range of scales relevant to the proposal
7. Professionally communicate a design thesis that integrates theory, research findings, design concepts, and performance as a resolved prototype or design proposition.