Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Eduardo Kairuz


Foundation Studio introduces architectural design as a process of investigation, critical observation, and experiment. The unit focuses on design as a process engaged with the three-dimensional and material testing of ideas. Projects will be formulated to introduce issues such as scale in relation to the human body, site and environmental contexts, basic techniques of three-dimensional composition and the correct use of architectural drawing conventions.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a progression to a basic level of competence in architectural design.
  2. Have the ability to undertake basic analysis and respond appropriately to a straight-forward brief.
  3. Have developed a basic understanding of how observation, analysis, experiment and critique apply to the architectural design process.
  4. Have acquired a basic range of skills in verbal, graphic and 3-dimensional presentation.
  5. Have acquired a basic range of skills in 3-dimensional and material testing of ideas.
  6. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


100% Mixed Mode

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

8 hours studio per week or equivalent and 16 hours of independent study.