Building Design Studio 1

    Unit code: NBD3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    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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