Building Design Studio 2

Unit code: NBD3104 | 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 2 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 high-rise buildings (over 25 metres 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 Studio 2 focuses on the scoping, designing and planning of the project. Project proposals will be presented as a written report, portfolio 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 with due consideration and integration of building systems and services;
  2. Critically review and synthesise a body of practical and theoretical knowledge to justify an effective design process of a high rise building in accord with the design brief and the site context;
  3. Demonstrate design skills through an iterative and considered creative design process, to resolve the ideas from concept formation to detailed design development at an advanced level;
  4. Communicate design ideas at an advanced level through the building design and its representation, the concepts and justifications 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: Case Study
Grade: 20%
Individual Case Study Presentation Report
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 40%
Team Portfolio: Site Analysis, Site Responsive Design, Schematic Design
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Final Design Presentation
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Individual Portfolio

Required reading

Materials will be provided on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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