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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Site Analysis
    • What is a Crit, Techniques of Expression
    • Simples Plans, Sections and Elevations
    • Composition
    • Concept Development, The Stopping Place
    • Analytical Diagrams, Design Materials
    • Orthographic Drawing, Performance Places
    • Design Darwinism
    • Architectural Photography, Crossing Over
    • Graphic Layouts, Presentation Drawings
    • Folio Examples
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. analyse a site through methods of observation and representation with the aid of appropriate communication tools
  2. apply diagramming, drawing and modelling conventions, including orthographic projection, as methods to investigate and communicate form and space in the built environment
  3. select, collate and communicate ideas and design processes.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation 1 (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation 2 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Portfolio (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone.
  • OtherDetails -

    In this studio unit(s) students are required to purchase a number of specific items for hand drawing, sketching and presenting. These supplies will continue to be used and required throughout the course.

This subject informs the architectural design process and explores the importance of visualisation of concepts, sketch design and developed design by an introduction to hand-drawn sketching, diagramming, photography, orthographic projection and modelling techniques and applications. Work integrated learning is engaged through developing fundamental design methods and communication in the architectural practice.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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