Building Design Studio 1 is the culmination of student experience in the Bachelor of Building Design course. It provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills gained from earlier years and to develop strategies for their transition to professional life. Students will design low-rise buildings (one to three storeys high). Students will develop their understanding of the fundamentals of the project briefing and design process through a design-based project. Students will take responsibility for the design, planning, organisation, implementation and evaluation of the various components required for successful completion of the project. Wherever possible, projects will be sourced from industry partners. Projects may be undertaken by individual students or in small teams. Building Design Project 1 focuses on the scoping, designing and planning of the project. Project proposals will be presented as a written report, portfolio, physical model, poster and oral presentation.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


Completion of at least 144 credit points.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply design knowledge to an architectural problem at an advanced level;  
  2. Critically review and synthesise a body of practical and theoretical knowledge to justify an effective design process of a low rise building in accord with the design briefing;  
  3. Demonstrate design skills through an iterative and considered creative design process, to resolve the ideas from concept formation through to design development at an advanced level;  
  4. Communicate design ideas at an advanced level, demonstrating through the building design and its representation, the aims and claims that are made for the building design; and  
  5. Work effectively and collaboratively as a team, and manage multiple tasks in a timely and professional manner.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Site Analysis and Precedent Case Study 20%
Project Initial Site Responsive Design Submission and Schematic Design Submission 20%
Presentation Final Oral Presentation. 40%
Project Individual Final Portfolio Submission 20%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.