ARCH 7045 - Development Studio

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This studio explores the processes by which medium to large scale multi-storey urban projects are initiated, developed documented and delivered. It addresses issues related to various stakeholders, environmental systems, structures and construction appropriate to the scale of such projects. Students from architecture and associated built environment disciplines work together to analyse context, negotiate a brief and develop a concept and detailed design. Students develop critical thinking and formulate responses to the challenges of a given physical, economic, social and policy context. The outcome should be a costed design which demonstrates understanding and critique of its 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 7045
    Course Development Studio
    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
    Prerequisites PROP 7000
    Restrictions Available to M. Plan, M. Prop and M. Construction Management students
    Assessment Group assignment, interim individual presentation, final individual presentation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Benjamin Hall

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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

    1 Critically evaluate the professional roles of actors in the development and design process; the stakeholders they represent; and their interface within the development process.
    2 Demonstrate a high level of ability to locate and synthesise information and data from a variety of sources and contexts, including the use of International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS).
    3 Apply relevant theory effectively in defining and solving complex property, design and development problems.
    4 Explain complex issues to specialist and non-professional audiences.
    5 Produce a Highest and Best Use report on the development project.
    6 Conduct a detailed feasibility study using customised software.
    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 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital 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
    Recommended Resources
    Property reports by major financial institutions and real estate firms
    Economic reports by major financial institutions

    Speaker Series:
    The School has a series of lectures 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 recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
    Online Learning

    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students.
    So it is imperative that you check your 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 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.

    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.

    Lecture Recording:
    In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic
    format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is
    provided through the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for
    lectures with essential course content and may not include guest lectures.
    Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest
    speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture
    recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely
    solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content
    from peers.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online
    from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is  run in conjunction with ARCH 7040 Studio Architecture (M).  Property students work with Architecture students on the  appraisal, regulation and design of a  multi story development on a specific site. A weekly schedule of lectures is  organised for ARCH 7040 which all students in the studio  are expected to attend.
    The studio component  is relevant to all students on the project. These are sometimes run with students  from each discipline group together and sometimes in separate classes. The overall aim is to give students from Architecture, and Property the experience of working across disciplines  on a relevant development project. The detailed weekly schedule is provided on the course MyUni site.

    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 (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 6 unit course:
    Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks =  72 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs =  240 Hrs
    These  240  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
    The sessions will vary from week to week. Activities include:

    - Working closely with Architecture students so as to assist with their design to help ensure it is feasible.
    - Discussing contemporary issues in property such as housing affordability and property in social media.
    - Presenting or listening to other student presentations.
    - The use of basic design software

    A significant portion of classes will be based on working on forthcoming assignments.
  • 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
    Assignment number  Assignment Due date Weighting
    1 Policy Analysis report week 4 30 %
    2 Site and Stakeholder analysis week 7 35 %
    3 Development application week 13 35%
    Assessment Detail
    See MyUni site for assessment detail
     Submission dates are as follows:
     Assignment 1:      Tuesday 31 March
     Assignment 2:      Tuesday 28  April
     Assignment 3:      Friday 5 June
    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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