ARCH 7037 - Experiential Studio (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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 in a read-world condition. Themes include design and built projects, cross-cultural issues through case studies and design propositions for future built. This course will typically include an exhibition and publication component.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7037
    Course Experiential Studio (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 Ehsan Sharifi

    Prof Samer Akkach: ST01 - House of the Future studio 10 students 30 June-14 July (every weekday 10am-2pm)

    Dr Ehsan  Sharifi: ST02 - Low Carbon Playground Studio 15 students 18-22 Sep (everyday 10am-2pm) and Fridays 6-27 October (10am-1pm) and Wednesday 1 Nov (10am-3pm)

    Prof James Hayter: ST03 - Plants and Placemaking Studio 10 students 18-22 Sep (everyday 10am-2pm) and Fridays 6-27 Oct 3-5pm

    Prof Tony Giannone: ST04 - AAA+ Studio 10 students 13-27 Nov (everyday 1-5pm)

    Athanasios lazarou (Nasi): ST05 - Venice offshore Studio (offshore) 10 students 18-28 Sep (everyday – overseas trip)

    Course Timetable

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

    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)

    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.

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    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

    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
    in 2023, there are 4 on-shore studios and 1 off-shore studio available:

    ST01 - House of the Future studio (Hybrid)
    ST02 - Low Carbon Playground Studio F2F
    ST03 - Plants and Placemaking Studio F2F
    ST04 - AAA+ Studio F2F
    ST05 - Venice offshore Studio (offshore) F2F

    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
    ST01 - House of the Future studio 10 students 30 June-14 July (every weekday 10am-2pm)
    ST02 - Low Carbon Playground Studio 15 students 18-22 Sep (everyday 10am-2pm) and Fridays 6-27 October (10am-1pm) and Wednesday 1 Nov (10am-3pm)
    ST03 - Plants and Placemaking Studio 10 students 18-22 Sep (everyday 10am-2pm) and Fridays 6-27 Oct 3-5pm
    ST04 - AAA+ Studio 10 students 13-27 Nov (everyday 1-5pm)
    ST05 - Venice offshore Studio (offshore) 10 students 18-28 Sep (everyday – overseas trip)

    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
    Milestone 1 Case study and Context Analysis 30%

    Milestone 2 Design Proposal and Evaluation 30%

    Milestone 3 Final Presentation 30%

    Studio participation 10%

    Each studio has modified milestones/assignments due to the range of studio options. 
    Refer to MyUni for details. 
    Assessment Detail

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

    Milestone 1 - Site and case study evaluation (individual - 30%)

    • Presentation: 1 x A1

    Format: PDF online + hardcopies in studio

    Milestone 2 – Design proposal development (group of 3 - 30%) 

    • Presentation: 2 x A1 including concepts, drawings, photos, sketches, rendering and etc. of the Pop-up Venue

    Format: PDF online + hardcopies in studio

    Milestone 3 – Presentation (individual 30%)
    The whole class will work together to take the selected 2-3 final designs for final presentation. 

    • Presentation: 4 x A1 
    • A3 Booklet (Landscape)
    • Other media as appropriate (e.g. 3d fly through)

    Format: PDF and MP4
    Studio participation 10%
    Experiential Studio submissions are in four formats:

    A3 and A1 Posters 
    Slide presentation 
    A4 and A3 PDF report 
    MP4 videos
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
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