ARCH 7037 - Experiential Studio: Onshore (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The studio is conducted in either a metropolitan regional or interstate location. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn from the particular expertise of a practitioner or studio leader. Themes include cross-cultural issues through case studies and design propositions. This course will typically include an exhibition and publication component.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7037
    Course Experiential Studio: Onshore (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) and M.LArch students only
    Assessment Typically 60% assignments, 40% final projects
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr James Curry

    Studio Leaders:

    a) Modernism in Adelaide - Dr James Curry 

    b) The Notion of Temporary - Industry Prof James Hayter and Industry Prof Tony Giannone 

    c) Stratco Pop-up Venue - Dr David Kroll, Dr Ehsan Sharifi and Dr Carlos Bartesaghi Koc 

    Course Timetable

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

    a. Modernism in Adelaide: 28 September to 9th October

    b. The Notion of Temporary: 25rd September to 2nd October, 10-11 October, 17-18 October

    c. Stratco Pop-up Venue: 29th June to 17th July

    The activities for onshore experiential studios are specific to each studio option. It typically involves a period of preparatory studies, intensive daily investigations and design activities in the field, follow-up discussions, as well as intermediate and final presentations. Please see further info in the 'Learning Activities Summary'

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course is designed to foster knowledge and skills that will assist students in their professional and academic careers through an accurate understanding of spatial and cultural contexts in an urban environment.

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

    1.       Identify economic, environmental and social problems in a regional urban and/or landscape context.

    2.       Work in collaboration with local stakeholders and community to address local urban and/or landscape issues.  

    3.       Analyse an urban and/or landscape design problem and evaluate its possible solutions.

    4.       Respond to problems within an urban and/or landscape area with appropriate urban and/or landscape design techniques.

    5.       Apply appropriate representation techniques for urban analysis, urban design and/or landscape design.

    6.      Communicate an urban and/or landscape design proposal to a public and peer audience through appropriate presentation techniques. 

    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, 2
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Readings: Various readings, assignment resources and recommended resources will be available on MyUni.

    Basic equipment: It is expected that each student will bring equipment to the tutorials and to the field surveys to enable drawing, design and presentation including but not limited to: Paper and trace paper for drawingPens, pencils, color markers, rulers, etc. i.e anything you use to design or draw, printouts of research or reference material required for that studio, digital equipment such as phones, ipads, laptops

    Outside of class times students will be expected to conduct site visits and will require the following as a minimum: digital camera, notebook, pens, paper, printed, maps etc.

    You may be required to maintain a journal of your investigations and design processes.

    Recommended Resources

    If required a recommended reading list will be provided by your studio leader onto MyUni.

    The School offers lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field  deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office in due course. In order to expand their knowledge of contemporary directions in design the students are warmly recommended to attend these sessions and any Public Conference related to the topics of the course announced through MyUni during the semester.

    Online Learning
    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that all the students check their 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 courseincluding details of assignments and interim grades. Therefore it is recommended that all the students familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.
    A MyUni page was specifically created for the students of the Port Augusta studio:

    Discussion Board:
    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.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    At this point there are three on-shore studios available:

    a. Modernism in Adelaide, run by Dr James Curry - 28 September to 9th October
    Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Adelaide’s Mid-Century Modernism. This studio is text based and will involve working with archival images and drawings. Two metropolitan site visits will be part of the program. 

    b. The Notion of Temporary, run by Industry Prof James Hayter and Industry Prof Tony Giannone - 25rd September to 2nd October,  10-11 October, 17-18 Oct.
    An intensive two-week workshop that will explore the notion of a temporary installation within a physical and functioning context. Temporary structures and pavilions often rely on the intersect of many design elements coming together to signify and express relevance. They are often symbolic and the meeting place of an experience. The location and placement of built form in its context requires careful consideration and rigorous dissemination. The workshop will propose a temporary pavilion that could be erected in the Adelaide Botanic Garden, with the avenue for experimental and community interactive design outcomes. The pavilion will have a function to house a temporary sculpture exhibition. The studio will enable us to look at a small project with a high degree of detail and construction methodology collaborating with the Adelaide 

    c. Stratco Pop-up Venue, run by Dr David Kroll, Dr Ehsan Sharifi and Dr Carlos Bartesaghi Koc - 29th June to 17th July.
    The studio brief is to design an architecturally designed “pop-up” structure that showcases STRATCO product range in various COLORBOND® steel finishes in creative & innovative ways that creates an immersive and interactive environment for 26 to 35 people to share an exclusive lunch/dinner that matches food with wine, steel building products and architecture. Students of the School of Architecture and Built Environment will engage with STRATCO in a project to design and prototype a Pop-up exhibition venue. The studio will provide an opportunity for students to learn from a full immersive experience in a live project, working with practitioners and building material suppliers and engaging in construction of the Pop-up Venue. This studio is intended to result in a fully developed detail design of the pop-up steel structure. In Week 1, students will develop and present feasible concept designs in small groups of 2-3 students as a mini ‘competition’ presented to stakeholders. In week 2, students will take selected projects forward for design development and prototyping in larger teams (up to 10). In week 3, students will work with the industry partner in a series of integrated prototyping and detail design workshops to develop the final design to be taken forward for fabrication. This design will be presented at the end of week 3 to SABE and stakeholders including members of SABE, STRATCO and BLUESCOPE STEEL.


    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 (delete as appropriate):

    For a 3 unit course:
    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.

    Learning Activities Summary
    a. Modernism in Adelaide
    Day 1-4 (28 Sept to 1 Oct) Case study 3 classic Adelaide modernist projects will be studied by students working in groups.
    Day 5-12 (2 Oct - 6 Oct) A design project of a unbuilt/demolished project focusing on rendering 
    Days 8- 12 Final Review 

    b. The Notion of Temporary
    Friday 25 Sept - Sunday 27 Sept Site Visit + Collective Brief Development
    Group + Task Structure
    3 Day Intensive Concept Design

    Monday 28 Sept Present and Finalise Master Concept
    Programme of Works

    Tuesday 29 Sept - Friday 2 Oct Structure Analysis + Task allocations
    Production / Workshop understanding / Assembly
    Develop Full integrated 3D Model
    Interactive Prototype models
    Detail Design/ Contsruction Methodology of Elements of Model
    Fabrication Workshop
    Workshop Recording + Publishing + Marketing

    Sat 10 Oct - Sun 11 Oct Site Assembly / Calibrations
    On site / hands on / detail construction / remedial / experimental

    Sat 17 Oct - Sun 18 Oct Project Reviews
    Post Occupancy Evaluation + Celebrate

    c. Stratco Pop-up Venue

    Week 1 – Idea development and competition
    Mon 29/06
    10:30am Meet in Studio (Barr Smith Sth Rm 522)
    10:40am Introduction to Studio + Q&A
    11:30am Leave for Stratco Manufacturing, 125
    Cavan Rd, Gepps Cross SA 5094
    12pm Introduction + visit of Stratco facilities
    2pm Leave for site in Queen's Theatre, Playhouse
    Ln & Gilles Arcade, Adelaide
    2:30pm Visit of Queen’s Theatre
    3pm finish site visit Stratco, SABE

    Tue 30/06
    9am-12pm Review of preliminary ideas + team
    formation SABE, Idea presentation

    Thu 02/07
    9am-12pm Concept development SABE 
    Concept pin-up

    Fri 03/07
    9am in studio pin-up
    10am-12pm Competition presentation
    Selection of concepts with Stratco + Bluescope Stratco, SABE

    Week 2 – Design development + prototyping
    Mon 06/07
    9am-12pm Material selection, structural stability
    and identification of key details to be resolved Stratco

    Tue 07/07
    9am-12pm Design development and review SABE pin-up

    Thu 09/07
    9am-12pm Design development and review SABE
    Fri 10/07
    9am in studio pin-up
    10am-12pm Design development presentation
    Selection of final project for fabrication Stratco, SABE

    Week 3 – Integrated design + fabrication detailing
    Mon 13/07
    9am-12pm Intro with Stratco, Identification of key issues to be resolved
    (e.g. structure). Detail and fabrication workshopping. Stratco, SABE

    Tue 14/07
    9am-12pm Integrated detailing and prototyping
    workshop SABE pin-up

    Thu 16/07
    9am-12pm Integrated detailing and prototyping
    workshop SABE
    Fri 17/07 9am in studio pin-up
    10am-12pm Presentation and celebration of final design with prototype model
    (At SABE with lunch drinks and nibbles) Stratco, SABE

    Specific Course Requirements

    These will be announced by the respective studio leaders. However, the following applies to all studios and courses:

    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. 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.

  • 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
    a. Modernism in Adelaide

    b. The Notion of Temporary

    Design Concept + Model Prototype Presentation 20%

    Production Activities 30%

    Site Assembly 30%

    Final Critiques + Presentations 20%

    c. Stratco Pop-up Venue

    Assignment 1: Design concept competition (20%)
    Due: Friday 3 July 2020
    Format: PDF online + hardcopies in studio

    Assignment 2 – Developed design (30%)
    Due: Friday 10 July 2020
    Format: PPT, PDF and JPG.

    Assignment 3 – Detail design for fabrication (30%)
    Due: Friday 17 July 2020
    Format: PDF and JPG

    Each assignment must be uploaded on MyUni before the due date.
    20% will be allocated to attendance, participation and groupmate evaluation

    Assessment Detail

    Details are specific to each studio option. Requirements and assessment criteria will also be available through the assignment section on MyUni.

    a. Modernism in Adelaide

    b. The Notion of Temporary

    c. Stratco Pop-up Venue

    Assignment 1 - Design concept competition (teams of 2-3, 20%)
    Due: Friday 3 July 2020
    • Presentation: 2 x A1
    • Optional A3 booklet + other media
    • Physical working models
    Format: PDF online + hardcopies in studio

    Assignment 2 – Developed design (teams of 8-10, 30%) Due: Friday 10 July 2020
    A few concepts will be selected and refined in larger teams.
    • Presentation poster (format t.b.c.) including
    • drawings, photos, sketches, rendering and etc. of the Pop-up Venue
    • Place making vision (venue arrangement and vibe)
    • Power Point presentation of the poster materials (12-15 slides)
    • Physical working models
    Format: PPT, PDF and JPG.

    Assignment 3 – Detail design for fabrication (whole class, 30%) Due: Friday 17 July 2020
    The whole class will work together to take the selected final design forward for detailing.
    • Presentation poster(s) (format t.b.c.) including working drawings, sketches and rendering.
    • A3 Booklet (Landscape)
    • Prototype model(s) (e.g. 1:10)
    • Other media as appropriate (e.g. 3d fly through)
    Format: PDF and JPG

    No information currently available.

    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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