ARCH 7043 - Final Architecture Project (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ARCH 7043 Course Final Architecture Project (M) Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact Up to 12 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) students only Course Description Students work on an individual design project of medium to high complexity, which showcases the student's mastery in particular areas of the discipline. The details of the project will be developed within guidelines and parameters defined by the coordinator. As the culmination of the Master's program the project should aim to demonstrate a practical yet critical engagement with aspects of Urbanism, Design Research, and/or History, Construction, Engineering Principles, Theory and Culture, developed in the previous part of the program. Accordingly, the design project needs to be accompanied by a theoretical exegesis which discusses the relevance of the proposed design to contemporary architectural developments and debates.
Course Coordinator: Dr Urs BetteCourse staff
Name: Dr Urs Bette (UB) course coordinator
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: James Curry (JC) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Mirai Morita (MM) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Dr Sam Ridgway (SR) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Dr Peter Scriver (PS) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Dr Veronica Soebarto (VS) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Dr Amit Srivastava (AS) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Dr Julian Worrall (JW) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
name: Dr George Zillante (GZ) studio leader
contact: studio hours / by appointment
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Gallery East MM 10am– 02pm
Gallery West UB 10am– 01pm UB 02pm – 05pm
Gallery East VS/GZ 10am – 01pm AS 02pm – 05pm
Gallery West PS 10am – 02pm SR02pm – 04pm
Gallery East JC 10am – 01pm JC 02pm – 04pm
Gallery West JW 09am – 01pm
Gallery East VS/GZ 10am – 01pm
5th year studio UB 10am – 01pm UB 02pm – 05pm
5th year studio MB 10am – 02pm
Gallery East AS 09am – 12pm
5th year studio JC 09am – 12pm JW 02pm – 05pm
5th year studio PS 09am – 12pm SR 02pm – 04pm
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Expanded their discipinary knowledge through proposal and critique.
- Developed diverse propositions in response to functional and theoretical criteria.
- Improved clear and informed articulation of design ideas.
- Exercised self-directed investigation and learning.
- Developed architectural design strategies as part of a broader vision.
- Discussed cultural, disciplinary and social relevance of a design proposal.
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)
2 & 4 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
2, 4 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
1, 3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 3 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
5, 6 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
Recommended ResourcesThe University library has a collection of relevant design journals, which are an excellent resource for design ideas, theoretical texts, detailing and presentation techniques. E.g. El Croquis, Assemblage, Architectural Design, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Project, Quaderns, Architecture Review and Architecture Australia.
The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is highly recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
An overview of design research journals can be found here:
All course materials, assignments, texts, etc. will consecutively be made available through MyUni.
The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. It is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements. Course information and materials will be made available through MyUni. Please see the general Course Information as well as the individual Studio Groups.
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.adelaide.edu.au
General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed
at https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-studentarchitecture/current-student. Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link: https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/enrolments announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe format for Final Architecture Project is the Design Studio, a structure that parallels industry processes for design development and resolution. Students are required to present and discuss their work each week in the studio workshop environment, subjecting it to analysis, critique and response by staff and fellow students. Students are encouraged to maintain a written diary of these sessions. This are "work in progress" presentations, nonetheless the work needs to be articulated and referenced in regards to the individual topics, theoretical backgrounds and practical issues pursued by the students. Students are encouraged to claim a desk in the 5th year studio space and work there 24/7.
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 12 unit course are expected to devote 48 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided study. Self-guided study should be used towards preparation of weekly pin-ups and the steady development of your project. The following figures are based on this framework and might assist in managing your workload. The workload, established by the expected final outcome (presentation & exhibition), is significant and adds up to a full time job. Everybody who considers Final Project a sideline to other (paid) work, should consider the effects of possibly failing this course. Organise your time wisely.
Total contact hours: equivalent of 12 hrs per week x 12 weeks
Total self-guided study: 36 hrs per week x 13 weeks
Total workload hours: 48 hrs per week x 13 weeks
Learning Activities SummaryW 1 studio research
W 2 studio research
W 3 studio research
W 4 studio research
W 5 studio concept
W 6 studio concept
W 7 Mid Review concept
W 8 studio concept
B 1 break development
B 2 break development
W 9 studio development
W 10 studio development
W 11 studio presentation
W 12 studio presentation
W 13 Final Review presentation
W 14 Catalogue material submission
W 16 Exhibition poster submission
W 17 Exhibition setup
W 18 Exhibition demount
The above dates may be revised on short notice. Students need to check their email regularly for announcements.
Topic / Readings (Ch.)
Learning Activities Week 1 Studio Research Week 2 Studio Research Week 3 Studio Research Week 4 Studio Research Week 5 Studio Concept Week 6 Studio Concept Week 7 Mid Review Concept Week 8 Studio Concept Break 1 Break Development Break 2 Break Development Week 9 Studio Development Week 10 Studio Development Week 11 Studio Presentation Week 12 Studio Presentation Week 13 Final Review Presentation Week 14 Catalogue material submission Week 15 Exhibition poster submission Week 16 Exhibition setup Week 17 Exhibition demount
Specific Course RequirementsFinal Project is a self-lead design studio, in which students are asked to develop an architectural proposition in response to a specific site, program or research question. The project develops along the students own lines of interest and inquiry. Accordingly they are given the opportunity to choose a studio leader from a pool of available staff members and their respective fields of interest. The studio leader’s role is to coach and assist the students in their design research. The studio distinguishes 4 stages within the genesis of the student’s project: Research, Concept, Development and Presentation.
Research refers to an individual field of interest, topic or problem each student aims to interrogate and test through his/her design proposal. The frame of reference for these investigations can be set within a broad range of different yet overlapping fields; architectural theory, formal exploration, society, finance, science fiction, sustainability, planning, policy, technology, etc.
Concept refers to the proposal of a specific design strategy, which emerges as a synthesis of the interrogated problem / field of interest, the specific program and the given site. It should reflect the current state of theoretical and professional debate, and amalgamate the research into a coherent proposal that exists within a defined hypothetical framework.
Development refers to the more detailed design work, testing the established concept in regards to planning, organisation, circulation, structure, material, functional and technological fit, as well as urban design criteria. These aspects need to be critically studied and reflected upon, particularly if a proposal aims to transfer solutions or theoretical propositions between different bodies of knowledge, and thus challenge the existing modes of best practice.
Presentation refers to the preparation of high quality drawings, models, renderings, a graphic proposal with reflective commentary (booklet / exegesis) and the final exhibition boards that clearly and evocatively present the investigated problem, evolving solutions, final idea and implementation.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe Small Group Discovery Experience is an intrinsic element of all Design Studios at the School of Architecture and Built Environment. Groups of 8-10 students gather around a senior researcher and his/her design research topic, in order to interrogate and test a specific design proposal that emerges from the individual students’ field of interest.
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 Task Due Date/ Week Weighting Length Related Learning Outcome General semester progress and pin-ups (individual) Week 13 10% N/A 1,4 Research Project - Mid Review: Graphic Proposal with reflective commentary (individual) Week 7 40% TBA 3,4 Design Project - Final Review: Exhibition Boards + model (individual) Weeks 13 50% TBA 2,5,6 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsParticipation in the weekly meetings is required in order to demonstrate the projects’ progress and to take benefit from the studio leaders’ feedback. Students are asked to maintain a diary of comments and suggestions. Mid- and Final Review are joint events of all studio groups with their respective studio leaders and invited guest critics. Mid Review presentations are schedule for Thursday and Friday in week 7. Final Review Presentations are schedule for Thursday and Friday in week 13. Presentation timelines and venues will be issued in a timely manner. Student participation in Mid and Final Review is compulsory. Work handed in but not presented in person is considered as “not submitted”.
Assessment DetailIndicative marks are provided after submissions have been handed in. These marks are considered as part of the final assessment, but can be upgraded through improvement and out-performance. Final Assessment is based on the semesters work and the quality of the oration, presentation and design. Marks throughout the semester are not necessarily aggregated. Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students should not contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same. Feedback for in class submissions will only be available during the tutorial as oral critique. Students should arrange with peers to make notes for reference.
Assessment 1: General Semester Progress: pin-ups, improvement toward exhibition
Description: Students discuss their work in progress during weekly pin-ups and desk-crits with their studio leaders and fellow students. Those discussions should be accompanied by drawings, models, or any other materials that best describe the student’s investigation at that point in time.
Criteria: Students will be credited for clear and confident articulation of their work, presentation of ideas, drawings and design strategies, self-criticism, knowledge of like projects, as well as the student’s contribution to the discussion around other students’ work. Assessment is also based on the improvements made to the work for the final Exhibition.
Assessment 2: Mid Review: graphic proposal with reflective commentary > screen
Description: Students show the development of their design research from initial investigations, tests and trials, to preliminary ideas, concepts and a subsequent proposal, in form of an illustrated booklet that includes reflective commentary on each step. Work on it is supposed to commence from the start of the semester and capture the weekly discussions and pin-up sessions. Continuously editing a project booklet is a formalised way to analyse the design process and synthesise possible solutions. The aim is to critically evaluate the previous steps, substantiate and test the design’s credibility, and arrive at a coherent proposal that can be successfully communicated. Material shown may include annotated diagrams, drawings, renders, models, photographs, as well as any other material that supports the understanding of the design process.
Criteria: Students will be credited for a comprehensibly laid out booklet that gives evidence of their design thinking, demonstrating their understanding of the given or selected task / topic / problem, the rigor and intensity of their investigation, knowledge and understanding of like or relevant projects, originality and inventiveness in both approach and subsequent proposal.
Submission: The booklet is presented via projection in a public forum. Students will be required to speak to their display and answer questions from the assessment panel. A pdf version of the booklet has to be uploaded to MyUni prior to the presentation. This file needs to be named: familyname_firstname_MID. Differently labelled files may not be assessed.
Assessment 3: Final Review: presentation / exhibition posters > print
Description: The final design proposal is presented on 3 A0 posters. The content shall be similar to the Mid Review, however, be more focused on the final design and developed to higher detail. The presentation should be supported by annotated diagrams, drawings, photographs, renders, models, a written project description, any other material that supports the design, and as negotiated with the studio leader. It should include a graphical summary of the design process, any technical aspects that are pertinent to the scheme, and demonstrate structural considerations through physical model, axonometric drawing or section. The final review posters are considered as the preliminary version of the exhibition posters, and are a key component for the selection of a project for the exhibition.
Criteria: Students will be credited for a coherent presentation that draws a clear and legible argument from the initial investigations to the conceptual idea and final design proposal. Students will be credited for courageous investigations, demonstrated knowledge and understanding of design strategies, innovation, integration of functional and technical aspects, as well as addressing cultural, social and urban design issues. Students will be credited for a legible and detailed documentation of their designs through plans, sections and elevations, renderings and models, expressing their confidence in using the language of architectural communication.
Submission: The presentation format are 3 portrait A0 posters that are accompanied by a single or multiple models. Content shall be similar to the Mid Review, but developed to higher detail. Students are required to speak to their display and answer questions from the assessment panel. The prints have to be on the wall 1/2h before the presentation starts. A pdf version of the prints needs to be uploaded to MyUni prior to the presentation. This file needs to be named: familyname_firstname_FIN. Differently labelled files may not be assessed.
Exhibition & Catalogue Eligibility
Participation in the exhibition / catalogue is determined by the quality of the design at Final Review and as indicated by the mark received. In general works assessed as CREDIT and above shall be part of the exhibition, as well as selected, or components of, PASS work. However, depending on overall student numbers and the space available the cut off mark may vary. Final curation is done by the course coordinator in discussion with the studio leaders.
Catalogue: The catalogue features students’ work selected for the exhibition, and gives an overview of all students’ projects. The catalogue is financed by the School.
Submission: Material for the catalogue needs to be supplied by ALL students, and formatted to the following specs: Drawings: A3 PDF vector graphic (preferred) or 2500px x 1800px JPG, Format (A3@300dpi), Images: 2500px x 1800px JPG, Format (A3@300dpi), Project Description: 300 words, word.doc format, List of all supplied materials, including a caption / title for each item. Organise the material in five folders: GENESIS, CONCEPT, DRAWINGS, RENDERS, TEXT, bundle as a zip file and submit via MyUni by November 7. Name overall zip file: familyname_firstname_CAT.
Exhibition: The exhibition features selected student work. Its layout is developed by the course coordinator in collaboration with representatives of the student cohort. A group of 20 students (Arch & Larch) are responsible for the set-up and dismantling of the exhibition. Failure to participate in setting up and dismantling the exhibition will result in withholding the students’ course results and impede their graduation. The printing for the exhibition panels is organised and financed by the students. The exhibition posters will be kept by the school for accreditation purposes and future reference.
Submission: Exhibition posters: 3 x A0 portrait (841x1189 = 2523 x1189 landscape), plus a physical model (whole or part of the project). This material counts towards the grade for Semester Progress. Due to space restrictions not all models may de displayed. The final selection is made by the course coordinator. The exhibition posters should be based on the Final Review panels, yet be further improved by implementing the feedback received during the presentation (counts towards semester progress). Files for printing are compiled as 3 individual pdf’s and bundled as a single zip file, named: familyname_firstname_EXH, submitted via MyUni until November 23, as well as handed to the student managing the overall printing. Physical models need to be submitted on December 1 and stored in the 5th Year Studio for selection.
Submission1. General semester progress and and in studio presentations
Due Date: weekly, studio hrs
Method: pin-up / desk crit
2. Mid Review Presentation: Graphic Proposal with reflective commentary
Due Date: Week 7, Wednesday, 4pm
Method: pdf screen presentation, submission via MyUni
3. Final Review: Exhibition boards + model
Due Date: Week 13, Wednesday, 4pm
Method: print presentation, submission of pdf via MyUni
• 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.
• In addition, all assignments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.
• 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.
• 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.• 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%. However, this does not apply to a Class Test or Final Essay as they are pieces of summative assessment and exempt from this rule.• The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 6th November 2015.
• 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.
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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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