ARCH 7040 - Studio: Architecture (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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This studio explores the processes by which medium to large scale multi-storey urban projects are initiated, developed and documented. It will address issues related to various stakeholders, environmental systems, engineering infrastructure, structures and construction appropriate to the scale of such projects. Students are to develop critical thinking and develop responses to the challenges of a given context, producing designs which demonstrate understanding and critique of that context. The design exploration and proposition shall be communicated through graphic and verbal presentations and may include three dimensional models.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7040
    Course Studio: Architecture (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    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
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) students only
    Course Description This studio explores the processes by which medium to large scale multi-storey urban projects are initiated, developed and documented. It will address issues related to various stakeholders, environmental systems, engineering infrastructure, structures and construction appropriate to the scale of such projects. Students are to develop critical thinking and develop responses to the challenges of a given context, producing designs which demonstrate understanding and critique of that context. The design exploration and proposition shall be communicated through graphic and verbal presentations and may include three dimensional models.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Julian Worrall

    Course Co-ordinator
    Prof. Steve Grieve
    Opposite Barr Smith South CAD Suite 538
    tel (08) 8313 4851; email:
    Office hours: by appointment

    Studio Leaders
    The tutoring staff are all qualified to a post-graduate level within architecture and design disciplines, and
    have professional experience. Bruno is an Architect with a PhD in Urban Design, Regional and Environmental Planning. Former Contract Professor at the Universities of Florence, Italy, he is founding partner of studiostudio architettiurbanisti, a Swiss-Italian architecture and planning office engaged in the design of highly sensitive landscapes and heritage sites with projects of urban regeneration, renewal and active protection. Tom Doull is a Senior Architect at Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects, with over a decade of experience in practice in Adelaide and 7 years experience academically and professionally in New York City.

    1. Bruno Pelucca:
    2. Tom Doull:

    Contact Protocol
    Students should initially direct all course-related queries to their tutors during contact hours, or the Course
    Discussion Board on MyUni. This will be monitored by the course coordinator and responded to accordingly.
    For efficiency, individual queries may be gathered and responded to collectively.
    Students should make use of MyUni for regular updates, announcements and material. Course materials will
    be uploaded as they become available throughout the semester.
    Students should also regularly check the status of their University of Adelaide email account as this is the
    primary channel of communication with students outside of contact hours.
    Students should be familiar with the School’s Student Handbook and be aware of the policies and
    procedures it describes.

    Course Support Staff
    For issues concerning enrolment or queries about the School’s programs contact Clement Low,Student
    Advisor, 8313 5877,
    For issues related to discrimination or harassment contact the Course Coordinator or Velice Wennan,School
    Manager, 8313 5475,
    For issues relating to health, safety and wellbeing contact Ian Florance, Health, Safety and WellbeingOfficer,
    8313 5978,
    For issues relating to first aid and other general matters contact Sue Fiedler, First Aid Officer, 8313 5836, who is generally available at the School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Course Timetable

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

    Note that this timetable may modified in response to pressures and issues encountered as the course progresses.
    Any such modifications will be made in consultation with students and notified through email and MyUni announcements.



    (Mon, 9:00 am)


    (Tues, 9:00 am)


    (Tues, 10:00 am)

    1 1 -Mar Introduction INTRODUCTION: Julian Worrall, Steve Grieve, Fran Bonato, Jon Kellett SITE: (Tutors) Introduction+Site visit
    2 8- Mar Client+Site CLIENT: Simon Schrapel CITY: Steve Grieve Site Model
    3 15-Mar Planning PLANNING: Jon Kellett HOUSING: Emma Baker Site+Context Analysis A0: Site Model
    Tue 15 March 10am
    4 22-Mar Design Tests BCA 1: George Zillante FEASIBILITY: Jon Kellett Feasibility+Strategy   
    5 29-Mar Design Strategy BCA 2: George Zillante DESIGN 1: Fran Bonato Design Tests 1
    6 5-Apr Synthesis 1 STRUCTURE: Nick Roach DESIGN 2: Steve Grieve Design Tests 2
    12-Apr BREAK - 1
    Synthesis 2
    19-Apr BREAK - 2
    Mid-Review Prep
    7 26-Apr Mid-Review (no lecture) MID REVIEW (No seminar) Mid-Review
    Tue 26 April, from 9am
    8 3-May Refine 1 POST-MORTEM: Julian Worrall ELABORATION:
    Steve Grieve
    Refine 1
    9 10-May Refine 2 MATERIALS: Fran Bonato DETAILS:?? Refine 2
    10 17-May Drawings CONSTRUCTION 1: Steve Grieve CONSTRUCTION2:
    Construction Documentation 2: Example
    11 24-May (RECESS WEEK)
    (RECESS - Venice Architecture Biennale) Models A2: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION
    Thu 26 May 6pm
    12 31-May Render+Gather Representation + Presentation FINAL WRAP: Julian Worrall Images
    Mon 13 Jun, 6pm
    14 14/15-Jun Final Review (no lecture) FINAL REVIEW (No seminar) A3. FINAL REVIEW
    Tue 14 Jun + Wed 15 Jun 9am pin-up 10am start

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding
    The primary aim of this project is to be a means through which students can develop and demonstrate
    competence and confidence in the architectural process. The project spans from planning/urban design
    issues to construction issues. It uses a multi-storey city building as a vehicle for developing design skills in a
    holistic sense, including the design of technical systems and details. The studio will also investigate issues of
    the urban real estate market, the design of urban infill, and the relationship between the building form, the
    urban site and the city context both historically and in contemporary use.

    Students will also develop skills in time programming and in making judgements about the appropriateness
    of structural systems, energy use, construction materials and techniques, and development feasibility/
    economics. The stages in the process will overlap and the activities at each stage sampled rather than
    completed. That is the only way in which a significantly sized project can be tackled in one semester.
    These aims and skill sets are encompassed under the following course learning objectives:

    A. Able to develop an integrated proposal for a multi-storey urban building, linking stages from project conception to documentation.

    B. Understand use of precedents and principles for architecture and urban design.

    C. Make competent and confident responses to environmental issues in design work. Make competent and confident responses to natural systems issues in design work.

    D. Make competent and confident responses to user physical and cultural objectives and aspirations in design work.

    E. Able to document a mid-scale project in architecture; Understand a variety of contemporary construction approaches; Understand issues of constructability; Understand basic requirements of the Australian Building Code.

    F. Understand the processes of procuring a city building.

    G. Make competent and confident use of a range of conventional and digital drafting and communication techniques, including physical models.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Equipment: Students must always be prepared to make notes and sketches during any scheduled contact sessions of the course. In addition to your sketchbook, and suitable pens and pencils for drawing and writing.
    you must always come prepared to be productive in studio sessions.
    Please anticipate what you will need in the way of appropriate drawing and/or modelling materials for each successive studio session by reading the project specifications carefully in advance. Consult your studio leader(s) if you need further advice.
    Recommended Resources
    A partial list of recommended readings to provide starting points for further research will made available to students through email and MyUni. Other recommended resources, including software, online tools, and production techniques, may also be developed progressively over the course of the semester and posted to
    MyUni or circulated via email.
    Students are encouraged to take an active interest in the research activities of the department, including the programs of CAMEA and CASRU, as well as the Speaker Series talks and other occasional events.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course adopts project-based learning in studio supported by lectures.
    Studio learning depends on intensive and prolonged engagement in reflective and reiterative
    experimentation under the critical guidance of a studio tutor. Attendance and active participation in ALL
    studio sessions is therefore compulsory and will be recorded. Maintaining process material (sketches, notes,
    etc.) tracing the design process during studio sessions is important, and forms the basis for some
    components of assessment.

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements:
    The University expects full‐time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 6 unit course are expected to devote at the minimum 24 hours per week to contact activities and self‐guided studies.
    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
    Total workload hrs: 24 hours per wk x 14 wks = 336 hours
    Total contact hours: 6 hours per week x 12 weeks = 72 hours
    Total self‐guided study: 336 – 72 hours = 264 hours
    These 264 hours should be used towards for working on the various assignments associated with the course, including development of requisite research, knowledge, and skills. Please organise your time wisely!
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    There are three (3) specific assessment phases in this course. These are designed to calibrate (Assignment
    1), define and develop (Assignment 2), and co-ordinate and combine (Assignment 3) In addition to this non-graded Tasks are set to challenge and motivate regular productivity and thought throughout the semester Both group work and individual components are involved. A summary of assessments and submission deadlines are given below. Assignment specifications and specific assessment criteria will be announced progressively throughout the course in Assignment Specification sheets, and will be elaborated in lectures and tutorials.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at lectures is important and recommended, while attendance and activate participation in studios is compulsory and is recorded. This attendance and participation forms an informal part of the assessment framework.
    Assessment Detail
    The Three assignments that the course assessment is based on and the associated tasks are described briefly below:
    The assignments and tasks are staged to reflect the stages of the design process. In addition to the conventional interim review (Task 4) and final architectural design review (Assignment 3), the assessment incorporates a feasibility and project-formation phase involving external input from representatives from client and city (Assignment 1) as well as a construction documentation submission. (Assignment 2)
    Environmental systems reports for the project will not form part of the assessment in this course, but will be included as part of the submissions for the course ARCH7041 Advanced Architectural Technologies, (Coordinator: Assoc.Prof. Veronica Soebarto).
    Further details of assignments will be provided through MyUni and via email as the course progresses.

    Assessment Type Due Date Weight Course Learning Objectives
    Task 1 “Grand Vision” Individual Beginning Week 2 Studio NG G
    Task 2 “Site Model” Group End Week 2 Studio NG G
    Assignment 1 “Feasibility and Site Analysis’ Individual Monday 30th March 4pm 20% A,B,D,F
    Task 3 “3d Contextual Analysis” Individual Week 5 Studio NG G
    Task 4 “Mid Review” Individual Week 7 Studio NG A,B,C,D,E,F,G
    Assignment 2 “Construction Documentation” Individual Monday 25th May 4pm 40% E,G
    Task 5 “Mystery” Individual Week 11 Studio NG G
    Assignment 3 “Developed Design” Individual Friday 12th June 2pm 40% A,B,C,D,E,F,G

    Submissions (General)
    • Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided. Where unspecified or in doubt, follow the submission procedures below.
    • All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number may not be considered for marking and may receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
    • In addition, all assignments must have attached a signed and dated Assignment Cover Sheet. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner with a staple.
    • 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(s) will be informed at such a time.

    Early Submission
    • Where an early submission has been made, please inform the Course Coordinator or Tutor. There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box.

    Late Submission
    • In general, the school does not accept late submissions. In cases where a submission cannot be made by the due date, please refer to the policies and procedures detailed below relating to Resubmission and/or Modified Submission Arrangements due to medical or other extenuating circumstances.
    • 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 re‐submitting (for a maximum score of 50%).

    Good Practice
    • Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work 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 congestion and unnecessary delays.
    • Students must retain a copy (scan or photocopy) of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy) as originals have been known to go missing.
    For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines. These are outlined in the School of Architecture and Built Environment Student Handbook, at the link below:‐2014‐Arch‐handbook.pdf

    Modified Submission 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 within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.
    • The application forms are available from the Front Office and at exams/mod_arrange.html.
    • Forms must be submitted at the Front Office along with supporting documentation. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. The Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.

    Medical Reasons
    • 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 Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.

    Extenuating Circumstances
    • 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 may be lodged with the Front Office. Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems. (Refer to Student Handbook or contact Student Advisor).

    Compassionate Grounds
    • 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. To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the University Transition and Advisory Service at
    8313 0100 or by email (; or contact the Counselling Service on 83035663 for an individual appointment.

    Additional Assessment
    • If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark of between 45 ‐ 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 at the Course Coordinator’s discretion 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 by appointment.

    Elite Athlete
    • Students who have national or international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at http:// and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.
    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.

    Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator or Studio Leaders for the final grades.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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