DESST 1503 - Design Studio I
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 1503 Course Design Studio I Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Summer Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description This course introduces design as a speculative process of inquiry and experimentation. It involves knowledge acquisition and the preliminary development of skills to conceptualise, resolve and present well reasoned landscape and architectural ideas through drawing and modelling. The course introduces techniques of analysis and critique of design outcomes as well as fundamental engineering principles applicable to architecture and landscapes.
This course engages students with learning to design through iterative processes integrating considerations of site, precedent, human scale, site engineering and material and physical data.
Course Coordinator: Mr Gavin ChowDr Katharine Bartsch
Program Director, Bachelor of Architectural Design
School of Architecture and Built Environment
University of Adelaide
Office Drop-in Time: Tuesdays 3.30-5.00pm
(During the Semester, not the mid-semester break)
Room 456a Architecture, Level 4, Barr Smith South
Katharine will be joined by a number of experienced Studio Leaders in 2017.
The Guest Lecturers and Studio Leaders are only available during their scheduled time shown in Learning Activities Summary.
Course-specific queries should be raised with your studio leader.
If queries cannot be resolved in your studio, please contact the course coordinator via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The course coordinator will normally respond by the next working day.
If you have a non course-specific query refer to the Student Handbook 2017 or Student Advisor.
Course Support Staff
For issues concerning enrolment or queries about the School’s programs contact Clement Low, Student Advisor, 8313
5877, email@example.com. Drop-in Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-4pm; Thursdays and Fridays 10-12noon.
For issues related to discrimination or harassment contact the Course Coordinator or Velice Wennan, School Manager, 8313
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
As a six point course, Design Studio One introduces the fundamental skills, concepts and approaches essential to understanding and engaging with contemporary architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The course learning objectives are specifically aligned with the thematic content of the lecture series, the self-directed study (including required readings and preparation for studio exercises), the studio exercises and the objectives of the assessable tasks.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Research, analyse and synthesise knowledge about a specific site in the development of a design response, with particular attention to topography, landscape character, users, sensory information and climate.
2. Apply fundamental design principles (primary elements, composition of form and space, proportion and scale, ordering principles) to their assessable work.
3. Work productively in a studio environment and, in turn, develop inter-personal skills, verbal communication skills and critical thinking through small group discovery activities and formative studio exercises.
4. Communicate critical design thinking according to disciplinary conventions; drawings, models and graphics.
5. Explore creative processes and idea generation and demonstrate critical evaluation of these processes in their assessable work.
6. Appraise how design can impact, interact with, and improve environments.
The knowledge and skills acquired in this course provide a fundamental basis for your understanding of architecture, landscapes and cities. This knowledge and the related skills constitute a seminal part of your design education in the Bachelor of Architectural Design. The skills acquired are the foundation stones of your future career as a designer.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3-4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesEquipment Kit from Eckersleys
1. Ching, Francis D.K. Architecture: Form, Space and Order. Fourth Edition. Wiley, 2014.
This key reference is updated with contemporary examples and interactive 3D models.
It is widely available online and available for loan from the Barr Smith Library.
2. Booth, Norman. Foundations of Landscape Architecture. Integrating Form and Space Using the Language of Site Design. Wiley, 2012. This text is widely available online and available for loan from the Barr Smith Library.
3. Ching, Francis D.K. Architectural Graphics. Sixth Edition. Wiley, 2015. View http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119073383.html
4. A4 Visual Diary, unlined, spiral bound (eg. Winsor and Newton, available from Officeworks)
Recommended ResourcesDetailed information about further resources will be available on MyUni.
This includes a detailed bibliography of relevant sources that will continue to inform your studies.
The top 10 for Design Studio I (and future courses) include:
Ching, Francis. Design Drawing. Wiley, 2010. Multiple Editions.
Reid, Grant. Landscape Graphics. Watson Guptil, 2002. Multiple Editions.
Yee, Rendow. Architectural Drawing; A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods. Fourth Edition. 2012 (Multiple editions)
Waterman, Tim. The Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture. Second Edition. Bloomsbury, 2015.
Hudson, Jennifer. Architecture: From Commission to Construction. Laurence King, 2012.
Littlefield, David and Pamela Buxton. Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data. Routledge, 2012.
Holden, Robert. Landscape Architecture: An Introduction. Laurence King, 2014. [Can be viewed online via Barr Smith Library]
Kombol, Meaghan. 30 : 30 Landscape Architecture. Phaidon, 2015.
Jodidio, Philip. Numerous Books. Jodidio is a prolific author of well illustrated texts documenting contemporary architecture.
Frederick, Matthew. 101 Things I Learned at Architecture School. The MIT Press, 2007.
Consult “The Writing Centre” for on-line resources re: essay writing guides, study guides, referencing. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/.
Face-to-Face writing support is also available from Hub Central, Level 3. The Writing Centre provides academic learning and language support and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.
The Writing Centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, and referencing techniques for success at university. Please note, the drop-in service is not an editing or grammar checking service but the Centre can help you develop your written English.
No appointment is necessary. For greater assistance, please bring your course guide, assignment question, comments from your lecturers/tutors, and drafts of your writing.
The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary practice in architecture and landscape architecture. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
Online LearningUniversity Email
The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements. It is expected students check University email account regularly as this is the primary means of individual contact. Also, check Canvas for regular updates, announcements and online material at https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/courses/24428
Based on such communication, it will be assumed you are aware and prepared before each studio, lecture or scheduled meeting time in regards to any prior communication. Studio Leaders will NOT respond to individual email correspondence. Be prepared to ask your questions in studio, preparation before class is therefore essential so you can make full use of this time to communicate and seek advice from studio leaders.
MyUni / Canvas
In addition to the above resources, further assignment resources are available on MyUni / Canvas. These may include further reading material for the lectures and studios, reading material that will assist with the preparation of assignments and appropriate links to assist students with academic writing including essay writing as required.
MyUni / Canvas is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
The Canvas Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.
In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is provided through Canvas . However, this service may not include guest lectures. Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content from peers.
Noticeboard / Handbook
General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed
Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
It is assumed that all students will have read the School’s Student Handbook 2017, available on the School’s website -
http://www.architecture.adelaide.edu.au – and to be aware of all the policies and procedures it describes. Students are also expected to read and be familiar with all the course materials on Canvas.
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Specific Course RequirementsFailure to attend teaching due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances is dealt with the School Policy, administered by the School Office. Submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration together with the original signed medical or other relevant officer, to the School Office. If you foresee a problem contact the Course Coordinator BEFORE the problem actually occurs. Otherwise, contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible and submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration to the School Office.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Length(Word,Time) Learning Outcomes TBA Week TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Week TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Week TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Week TBA TBA TBA TBA Total 100%
Assessment Detail• Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students SHOULD NOT contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.
• Most assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of the submission and the interim grades will be made available through the My Grades system. Students are expected to inform the Course Coordinator if there are any errors with the marks entered on the system.
• The best examples of students’ work will be included in the All-In Exhibition to be held at the end of term alongside the best works from other courses and year levels.
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated above. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.
Selected submissions of the Final Assignment will be included in the All-In Exhibition at the end of the semester.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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