This design studio aims to strengthen the ability of the students to develop and communicate architectural proposals on the basis of a critical engagement with a given framework and a coherent design research process, that is informed by the evaluation of theoretical concepts, the evaluation of user requirements, as well as the integration of technical knowledge and skills. The studio aims at the development of design tools and strategies that will be investigated and developed further in the subsequent Studio 4.
A. Generate design proposals of medium to large complexity in response to a design brief, reflecting originality in the application of subject knowledge, and an advanced understanding of the role of hypothesis and speculation to design process development.
B. Explore the creation of design tools in the development of urban and architectural scale design proposals in response to a brief, taking into account the needs and desires of users, building type and context.
C. Evaluate theoretical concepts appropriate for and relevant to architectural design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach.
D. Manage a comprehensive range of visual, oral, and written media and methods to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals effectively.
This design studio’s framework ensures a diversity of approaches allowing students greater freedom in defining their method of learning and their approach to architectural design. The project work is developed in a studio setting supported by in-class presentations, group and individual tutorials. Students regularly present their work for discussion in reviews to staff of the department as well as to invited reviewers from other schools and practicing architects.