DESST 1506 - Design Studio II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 1506 Course Design Studio II Coordinating Unit Architecture and Landscape Architecture Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 'up to 6 hours per week' + 1 x 4hr Practical on Drills and Drilling (Innovation/Creation Studio) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge DESST 1504 or DESST 1029 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes and B.E(Arch) students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description Theme: ideation/surface/narrative.
This course further develops design as a speculative process of inquiry and experimentation. It involves knowledge acquisition and the continuing development of skills to conceptualise, resolve and present well-reasoned architectural ideas through drawing, physical and digital modelling supported by laboratory sessions. The course also continues students? development of techniques of analysis and critique of design outcomes to sharpen their perception of space with emphasis on narrative and human experience through the design of a small to medium scale occupiable structure. Students will learn to design through iterative processes integrating critically observed aspects of the built environment as well as considerations of: site, human experience and emotive responses to space, human scale, structural engineering principles and material and physical data. Rhino will be introduced in this course to enhance students? experimentation with form, space and surface.
Students will complete compulsory training in the Innovation and Creation Studios of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology. Design Studio II students are required to complete a `Hot Course? on Drills and Drilling (4 hours) in a supervised environment in fully-equipped workshops as a foundation for future design studios.
Course Coordinator: Ms Mirai Morita
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Please respect the facilities throughout the University.
In the School of Architecture and Built Environment students are required to fabricate models, projects and other hands-on creative activities. Of course, you will make a mess in the process! No problem! Please clean up after yourself. If the materials are recyclable and you don't want to reuse them yourself, put them in the recycling bins. Don't leave paper/cardboard/offcuts on the floor or table, put them in the bin. Don't leave broken blades etc. on tables, put them in a sharps bin. Don't leave work (models, drawings etc) in a space (tutorial room, computer lab, studio) and expect to find it when you come back. The facilities are shared. The School recommends that you store your work in a locker available from ASA or in Hub Central.
The tables in the learning and teaching spaces (tutorial rooms, computer labs, studios) are NOT cutting mats. Would you use an exacto knife or a scalpel to cut model making materials directly on your dining table at home? No? Don't do it at the University. Use a cutting mat. If you don't have one, buy one. All students should have a cutting mat in their Equipment Kit. You are expected to bring this with you if you are model-making, using glue etc.
Students are permitted to bring food and drink into the learning and teaching spaces, but Please respect your peers. When you have finished your bottle of water, coffee cup, bubble tea, Coke, juice, Boost, Red Bull etc. etc. put it in the bin. Don't leave your takeaway meal festering on a table cultivating mould. Put it in the bin.
The importance of hygiene and cleanliness is amplified during COVID 19. Respect your peers. Respect your facilities. Please clean up after yourself at all times. This is your responsibility.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. develop communication skills verbally and graphically in design context
2. encourage spatial thinking through digital and physical modelling
3. inspire critical vision/thinking for oneself and others
4. improve clear and informed articulation of design ideas
5. expand and confront one’s stereotypical boundary through design process.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required Resources- You will need continual access to MyUni for regular updates and course material
- The lectures will also facilitate discussion to course related matters.
- All students are expected to read and be familiar with all provided course information available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesHighly recommended to purchase:
Ching, F., (2015) Architectural Graphics, Wiley Press.
Delancy, M.,Gorman, A. (2015) Studio Craft & Technique for Architects, Laurence King Publishing.
There are many recommended books. Here are just a sample:
Ching, F., (1990) Drawing, a Creative Process, Van Nostrand Reinhold.
Farrelly, L(2007) Basics Architecture 1:Representational Techniques, AVA Publishing.
Gill, R.W., (1975) Creative Perspective, Thames & Hudson
Hanks, K., (1977) Drawing: a Visual Approach to Thinking, Learning and Communicating, Los Altos.
Hanks, K., (1980) Rapid Viz: A New Method for Rapid Visualization f Ideas, Los Altos.
Luscombe, D. and Peden, A., (1992) Picturing Architecture, Craftsman House.
Milton, H., (ed.), (1993) Glossary of Australian Building Terms, Sydney Building Information Centre.
Montague, J., (1988) Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Approach, New York: Wiley Press.
Powell, D., (1990) Presentation Techniques: A Guide to Drawing and Presenting Ideas, Macdonald.
Spankie, R., (2009) Drawing Out the Interior, AVA Publishing.
Standards Australia (1992) AS1100.101-1992 Technical Drawing - Part 101:General principles, Standards
Standards Australia (1985) AS1100.301-1985 Technical Drawing - Part 301:Architectural drawing
Taylor, A., (1992) Introduction to Construction Drawing, Prentice Hall.
Thomson, A., (1993) Introduction to Construction Drawing, Edward Arnold.
Unwin, S., (2003) Analysing Architecture, Routledge
Wilkie, G. and Arden, S., (1993) Building Your Own Home, Lansdowne Press.
Yee, R., (1997) Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, Wiley.
Zell, Mo (2008) The Architectural Drawing Course, Thames & Hudson
The School hosts a lecture series in the evenings where practitioners/academics will deliver a lecture on design practice. As students of Architecture/LA Architecture, it will be to your advantage to attend these lectures to engage with design discourse and expand your knowledge of and exposure to design practice. Details of dates and speakers will be available in due course.
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.
MyUni 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-canvas.adelaide.edu.au/
The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors 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 the MyUni(canvas) system. However, this service is only available for lectures with essential course content and 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.
This course requires the use of Rhino. If you are eager to learn Rhino skills you should do the online lesson available on ARCHISTAR ACADEMY: https://academy.archistar.ai/enrol To enrol, enter your details, the email address will have to end in @adelaide.edu.au or @student.adelaide.edu.au for ArchiStar to register your account.
Students are recommended to do Rhino Essentials prior to week 3 workshop. This will help you follow the class better.
Along with Rhino, you will be required to use Adobe software, such as illustrator, photoshop and indesign, also available on ARCHISTAR.
Noticeboard / Handbook:
General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course requires high participation for each class. The course will include verbal communication between the students and teachers as well as use of MyUni and other digital mediums. There needs to be commitment from the students to do enough self-directed studies in order to participate in class.
Students are required to view lectures (online) as these will provide the initial basis for further discussion and critique toward development of assessable outputs. PDFs of slides may be provided but these may not contain critical verbal explanations of visual material. A range of lectures will background the diverse range of understandings and practice of design thinking.
Time will be devoted to discussion of assessable assignment material and some exercises supporting delivery of the assignments. They are also the primary means to receive individual feedback via work-in-progress reviews. At this level of learning, peer review and commentary is encouraged as a valuable learning tool, both in offering comment on fellow-students’ work and in receiving and responding to comment on your own work. It is considered desirable to change and evolve your position throughout the course. Tutorials involve discussion and revision of points of view.
Workshops will be held ionline and time will be spent on developing and learning necessary computer skills to work on assignment material and some exercises supporting delivery of the assignments. The SABE Computer lab facilitates use of all software required to complete the course. Workshops are also the primary means to receive individual feedback via work-in-progress reviews. At this level of learning, peer review and commentary is encouraged as a valuable learning tool, both in offering comment on fellow-students’ work and in receiving and responding to comment on your own work.
Small Group Discovery:
There will be tasks undertaken as part of the ‘small group discovery’ mode of teaching & learning.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is a 6 unit course. Students in this course are expected to attend 6 hours of lecture/ tutorial/ workshop each week and allow for 18 hours of self-directed learning each week. That is a total of 24 hours a week for 12 weeks. The tutorials and other activities, including reviews of work in progress are an important component of learning in this course. The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in activities and discussions are considered extremely important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities SummaryLectures are on Mondays. Tutorials are on Tues/Wed in Barr Smith South 534, in weeks 3,4,7 & 10 in the computer suite.
Mon Lecture: Course introduction
T/W Tutorial: Making surface composition
Mon Lecture: Archistar Academy Rhino Essentials
T/W Tutorial: Making surface stand: making it larger
Mon Lecture: Archistar Academy Rhino Designer
T/W Tutorial: creating project in Rhino < in computer lab
Mon Lecture: Making digital and physical
T/W Tutorial: constructing project and narrative
Mon Lecture: Meaning and Emotion
T/W Tutorial: Presenting your project: MID-REVIEW 25%
Mon Lecture: Outdoor Performance Space
T/W Tutorial: 3D surface to manipulating ground plane
Mon Lecture: visualising design: Rendering
T/W Tutorial: developing surface into space < in computer lab
Mon Lecture: Expression
T/W Tutorial: addressing context
Mon - Holiday
T/W Tutorial: connecting together drawings < in computer lab
Mon Lecture: fine-tuning on design and presentation
T/W Tutorial: development and presentation prep
Mon Lecture: TBC
T/W Tutorial: FINAL PRESENTATIONS
Mon No lecture
T/W FINAL SUBMISSION (50%) and clean up
Specific Course RequirementsIt is highly recommended that you own a personal laptop computer which can support computer software such as Rhino, photoshop, illustrator, indesign.
Ideal spec for student laptop: 17 inch, Windows 64 bit, minimum of 16 gig of RAM, Intel i7 (or equivalent). Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon HD 4890 or better.
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 SummaryThroughout the semester, you will be working on developing a three dimensional surface with spatial experience. The project site will be identified and informed in due time in class. Without being bounded by stereotypical ideas of what architecture should be, students are encouraged to explore what three dimensional surface could be. The goal of the assignments is to help you explore and develop your own potential in design thinking. The students are encouraged to explore the possibilities of all available tools. Be experimental in what you use, how you use. Be critical about what you are doing and seeing. Keep an open mind and your eyes open to see how other architects and designers express their ideas.
Assessment Task Due Date Weight Learning Outcomes Quizzes, certificates, exercises Weekly 10% 3,4,5 Weekly Progress Weekly 15% 1,2,3,4,5 Mid-Review Week 5 25% 1,2,3,4,5 Final
Presentation Week 11 50% 1,2,3,4,5 Submission Week 12 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsIt is highly recommended that you own a personal laptop computer which can support computer software such as Rhino, photoshop, illustrator, indesign.
Ideal spec for student laptop: 17 inch, Windows 64 bit, minimum of 16 gig of RAM, Intel i7 (or equivalent). Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon HD 4890 or better.
Assessment DetailQuizzes, Certificates & Exercises (10%)
Results of the quizzes, certificates and exercises will add up to 10% of the total course mark.
Weekly Progress (15%)
You are required to complete 9 compulsory tasks designed to help you complete your submissions on time. Completed tasks are expected to be used in the production of your presentations for mid-review and final submission.
Your tasks will be used to monitor your progress and provide evidence of performance and standard of work for assessments. The quality of your formal submissions are expected to be consistent with the quality of the completed exercises. Any discrepancies will be subject to investigation and possibly additional assessment by the teaching team.
Mid-Review: Three Dimensional Surface (25%)
Students will be presenting their three dimensional surfaces which has some sort of affect that can be explained and demonstrated through their presentation. ‘Space for [verb/emotion]’ to the class as a group. Each group will present their process, ideas and thoughts to receive feedback.
Due week05 in tutorial presentation
Details of the assignment will be given in MyUni and in class.
Final Review: Outdoor Performance Space (50%) *Assessment Hurdle*
Students must pass(>50%) this assignment to pass the course.
Students will be developing an outdoor performance space, developed from initial three dimensional surface created in the first half of the semester. Students will define what kind of performance they want to accommodate. The site is Barr Smiths Lawns on campus. The students are required to engage the ground plane and address the immediate context.
Final Presentation is Due week 11 in Tutorial.
Final Submission is due in week 12.
Details of the assignment will be given in MyUni and in class.
In-class presentation is required. Submission without in-class verbal presentation in week 11 will not be accepted or marked. Recorded verbal presentation is not accepted. Presentation schedule will be announced in due course. Students are required to be present during the entire presentation session and not only your own. If you are not present at the start of class, you will not be presenting.
**Details of the assignments may change during the semester. It will be announced in class, email or through MyUni.**
Submission- All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
- Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
- Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
- On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.
- Early submission is not accepted without prior agreed arrangement with the course coordinator.
- Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed in early.
- The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
- Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.
- The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.
- Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality.
- When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays.
- Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.
For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines.
Modified Arrangements (General)
- Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents prior to the Assessment Deadline.
- The application forms are accessible online: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/assessment-applications
- Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted.
- In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances may be lodged with the above procedure within 5 business days.
- If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances can be submitted to Course Coordinator.
- Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems.
- In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
- To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact https://youx.org.au/support/studentcare/
- If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
- Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.
Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to contact https://www.adelaide.edu.au/disability/ and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/eliteathletes/ and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
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
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