LARCH 7028 - Studio Cultures: Landscape Architecture (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This design studio focuses on the issues of cultural sensibility and critical self-reflection in the design process. The studio project will engage with cultural, historical, political, social, technical, environmental and civil contexts to develop contemporary designs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LARCH 7028
    Course Studio Cultures: Landscape Architecture (M)
    Coordinating Unit Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge High level of knowledge of Photoshop, Rhino and InDesign software programs
    Restrictions Available to M.LArch students only
    Assessment Essays, written assignments, illustrated verbal presentations, preparation of variety of other graphic, visual and physical model-based materials
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Gini Lee

    Professor Gini Lee 
    Course Coordinator: Prof Gini Lee
    Availability: Class Hours or by Appointment

    Ziyan Qi,
    Phone: 0452 645 357
    Availability: Class Hours or By Appointment

    Dr. Scott Hawken, director Landscape Architecture Program
    Phone: 83133507
    Location: Room 533, Barr Smith South
    Availability: By Appointment M-F
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Teaching will take place on North Terrace Campus.  Detailed information will be posted on MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an ability to apply a variety of design tactics.
    2. Demonstrate an ability to research historical and theoretical material for design and other purposes.
    3. Demonstrate appropriate representational techniques including using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and hand graphics.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary landscape architectural and other creative contexts for application in design processes.
    5. Demonstrate three-dimensional digital and manual model making skills including using Rhino software the 3D printers and scanners.
    6. Demonstrate skills in exploratory design ideation and informed conceptual propositions.
    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 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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There are no required text resources for this course. Students will need to purchase some art materials, model making materials and equipment and have typical pens, trace paper etc for inclass exercises and assignments.
    Recommended Resources
    Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites
    Online Learning
    Relevant materials will be posted to MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Sudio Cultures is a design studio and requires your active participation and commitment to be successful and learn.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management.

    For a 6 unit course:
    Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 4 to 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 240 Hrs
    Learning Activities Summary
    Activities include lectures, site visits, demonstrations, student presentations, in-class workshops, student presentations, design review, desktop review and final formal presentations.

    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1-6
    Workshops 1-6
    Field Trips 4-6
    Presentations 3,4
    Specific Course Requirements
    Specific course requirments, including assignment submission requirements, will respond to the opportunities of the chosen site for the semester's projects. All requirements will be detailed in MyUni.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    1. Design Excercise One - 5% 
    2. Design Excercise Two - 5% 
    3. Design Exercise Three - 5% 
    4. Design Exercise Four - 10% 
    5. Design Exercise Five - 5%
    6. Major Design Review - 20%
    7. Final Design Review (Hurdle Assessment) - 45%* 

    *Students must pass the Final Design Reiew to pass the course

    Assessment Related Requirements
    The course is organised to a sequence of assignments that require in class face to face engagement to pass. 
    The major assignment is a design work that is a hurdle assessment. Students must pass the final review to pass the course. 
    Students must have their final project reviewed in class prior to presenting to a design review panel for assessment. 
    Assessment Detail

    Details for assessments are listed on MyUni 

    Submission times will be with assignment details, in class and posted on My Uni.

    All assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances. NOTE: You will need to complete appropriate forms for assignment extensions available here: to an external site.

    Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted.

    Submissions (General):

    All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number.

    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:

    Models for in-class presentation cannot generally be handed in early. Ask the Coordinator if there is a safe space to store any early submissions.

    Late Submission:

    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 and backed up regularly.

    Good practice:

    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 as originals may be lost during the submission process. Digital copies/files must retain metadata or the 'history' of the development of the work.

    Additional Assessment:

    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 the University Disability Services at 83135962 or for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

    Elite Athlete:

    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 and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

    Course Grading

    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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