Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Architecture
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Mr Ross Brewin


Architecture Design Research Project is the culmination of the architectural studio stream and consolidates the conceptual understanding and skill base of preceding design studios. It reinforces architectural design as a process of investigation, critical observation, and experiment. Students will demonstrate mastery of design research as a synthetic process encompassing a range of complex issues inherent in the production of architecture: form, material, structure, program, site, history and representation architectural form. Studies in the unit will maintain a focus on developing design as a visual language and process of cultural production with an emphasis on social and environmental sustainability.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery in architectural design.
  2. Have acquired mastery of architectural design research.
  3. Have the ability to critically analyse and successfully respond to the complex range of issues inherent in an architectural design project.
  4. Have developed and demonstrate command of how analysis, experiment and critique apply to the architectural design process.
  5. Have acquired mastery of all presentation skills: verbal, graphic and 3-dimensional.
  6. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

36 hours per week including 6 contact hours per week and 30 hours of independent study or equivalent.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


ARC5001, ARC5401, OH1000