Building Design Studio 1

Unit code: NBD3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
Completion of at least 144 credit points.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Materials will be provided on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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