Subject details

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

  1. analyse national and international precedents drawn from theoretical positions using three-dimensional diagramming and digital modelling
  2. analyse a site in terms of cultural, demographic and geographical conditions using appropriate methods and technologies
  3. reflect upon and communicate your ideation and design process.
  • Topics
    • Introduction and Precedent Analysis
    • Site Analysis
    • Diagramming
    • Refine Diagrams
    • Storyboard Diagrams and Drawings
    • Detail Drawings and Models
    • Folio Examples
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

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:


Students who have completed BAS300 PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite BAS305 as it was previously counted as double subject. From 2015, BAS300 must be enrolled at same time.

Special requirements

This subject was previously known as Architectural Discourse and Spatial Intelligence Methods.

This subject explores the importance of visualisation in ideation, conceptual design and developed design. It consolidates previously learnt methods in site analysis and precedent studies. It focuses on investigation and application of three dimensional diagramming methods to represent complex spatial, programmatic and functional relationships. Work Integrated Learning is incorporated through exploring the use of three-dimensional methods in architectural practice.

This subject has BAS235 Architectural Contexts Methods as a mandatory prerequisite. If you have completed its co-requisite, BAS230 Architecture Contexts Studio prior to 2015, you are not required to enrol into BAS235 as BAS230 was previously counted as double subject. Please get a prerequisite waiver from Curtin to proceed with enrolment in BAS305.

*** This subject has a second required ebook. - Beyond Environmental Comfort, ISBN: 9781136309229. The ebook is readily available through the suppliers webpage -

*** Level 3 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 2 subjects or other relevant experience.
Ensure all Level 2 subjects have been completed before moving to Level 3. ***

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.

  • Assignment 1 - Presentation 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation 1 (30%)
  • 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

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