ARCHDES 700 : Advanced Design 1

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A studio based inquiry into an architectural topic approved by the Head of School of Architecture and Planning intended to facilitate in-depth study that is both tailored to a student's own interest and aligned with the School's research clusters, sharing workshops, discussions, pin-ups and tutorials.

Course Overview

Advanced Design 1 requires a design project that integrates technical factors with conceptually advanced thinking. Developed design studies are expected to explain the proposed building’s construction, structure, materials and environmental performance. In particular, detailed responses to challenging, changing or complex contexts and environmental conditions are anticipated. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop and apply advanced areas of theory and architectural knowledge to the development of an architectural proposition. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Investigate and comprehensively integrate tectonic, expressive characteristics of the project through a thorough engagement with materials, structural systems and constructional methods. (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Critique and develop relevant cultural, social and programmatic facets of an architectural project, and demonstrate their integration at the level of building environment. (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 5.2, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. Iteratively test and develop advanced formal and spatial solutions responsive to concepts, contexts, programmes and material facets of a project. (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 5.2 and 6.3)
  5. Comprehensively describe creative process and project representation with compelling communicative media. (Capability 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2 and 6.3)
  6. Demonstrate creative and collegial work processes relevant to a technically and conceptually advanced architectural project responsive to a range of users and communities. (Capability 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Project 100% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
ARCHDES 700 / Advanced Design 1 Topics will address these general learning outcomes in dierent ways. Information on this is given in each Topic Outline or brief.
All student work is initially assessed by the named tutors oering the course brief. Provisional grades are conrmed at the Design Grading Moderation Review (DGMR) in order to ensure parity of grading standards across course briefs. All marks are indicative until conrmed in the Examiner’s Meeting. The DGMR process is rigorous and the Architecture Programme stands by it. The Programme will not regrade work. The only exception to this is in the very rare situation where new information regarding factor(s) that may have afected the student's capacities in the time leading up to examination. A student can however request a discussion of their own work and performance and an explanation of how the grade was awarded. As a rst step, the student should make an appointment to discuss their work with their tutor. If, after meeting with the tutor, a student wishes to pursue this discussion further, they can then make a meeting with the Associate Director Design, and if necessary following this, with the Head of School.
Location plans for Final Reviews and DGMR are displayed in studio spaces and on Canvas prior to week 11. It is important to have your work pinned up in the correct location by the time indicated by your studio tutor. Your tutor will check the material that you have handed in. Unless there is a genuine emergency you must submit your work at this time. Delays in printing are not an acceptable excuse. If you have printing issues, pin up tiled A3 prints and replace these with banner prints for the crit, but the content must be identical and this step should be discussed with your tutor first. Pining up your work is equivalent to the first step in a formal examination – not submitting work on time amounts to not attending the exam. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved (see below), will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete).
Where a student has been unable to attend to their studies for a period of time during the semester due to medical or other exceptional circumstances beyond their control, they may apply for an Extension of Time. Extensions must be sought and approved prior to the hand-in date. Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission Extensions is posted on Canvas under Files/School Files. Extensions sought for health/medical grounds must be validated by a health advisor or other professional and a certificate provided to this effect. The extension does not come into effect until signed by your tutor and the Associate Director Design.

Teaching & Learning Methods

This is a core design paper. Teaching takes place in a studio setting, with students typically working in groups of approximately 18 students per tutor and brief. Teaching takes place in 1:1 and small group tutorial settings, through assigned tasks (undertaken individually or as part of a group), through presentations, site visits, readings, film or video-viewings, and other participatory means. Students are expected to present work-in=progress to their peers, teachers and invited guests progressively throughout the semester and to engage in discussion of their own work and that of their peers.

Workload Expectations

This paper is designed as a 30-point course, and as such, students are expected to spend 20 hours per week engaged in it. Of these 20 hours, eight are undertaken in studio learning settings with the tutor present and students are expected to attend each of these sessions for the full duration. The remaining 12 hours weekly are required for self-directed and informal group study in support of the studio sessions and presentation events. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including all timetabled studio sessions, workshops, and site visits. This attendance is mandatory for completing components of the course. Some presentations will be available as recordings. Other learning activities in studios will typically not be available as recordings. Where the course involves off-shore students, live online events including group discussions, one-to-one design sessions and presentations will occur via Zoom. Attendance on campus is required for the final presentation and for other scheduled presentations events. In the case of off-shore students, this requirement will be met via online resources. The activities for the course are scheduled and described in the delivery timetable of the Topic Outline. 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Students enrolled in this course have access to the Faculty workshops. Workshop inductions are carried out
with first year BAS students in semester 1, or, by separate arrangement for Advanced Design 1 students new to the School. Please contact Scott Facer ( to book a workshop induction if you have not already undertaken one. Students are required to comply with Health & Safety rules for workshop facilities. 
Individual Topic Outlines list other useful resources and many of these are held by the General Library. Consult the Telos Library lists on Canvas shown under the ‘Reading Lists’ tab.
The School also holds a digital archive of previously successful student design projects, including projects from Advanced Design 1. The archive can be accessed at -

Health & Safety

Falling from even low heights can cause serious injury. Climbing on chairs or tables in studios or in the Exhibition Studio is prohibited. If you require reaching something at height, please liaise with your tutor. They will instruct you on how to achieve this safely.
All site visits undertaken in design papers are subject to rigorously scrutinised and approved health and safety plans. Tutors will familiarise you with the requirements of these plans before off-campus trips are undertaken. Attendance on these trips is conditional on compliance with these plans.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Towards the end of each semester students are invited to give feedback on the paper and its teaching through a survey tool called SET Evaluations. Email invitations are issued to all students when the surveys are opened for response. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions. Your feedback helps teachers to improve the paper and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each paper also represent student concerns and offer feedback to the department and Faculty via the Staff-Student Consultative Committee. Students have the opportunity of voting for class representatives at the beginning of the academic year.

Other Information

Attendance in studio classes as well as engagement with course activities and readings supports academic
success. Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all in-class tasks and requirements (see the Student Charter below). Attendance at presentations for their full duration is expected. These events are designed to assist students to learn from each other to offer feedback and support.
This course may include some group work activities.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

In design papers, students are expected to utilise design precedents to advance their own designing. However, plagiarism is a serious infringement of academic integrity and this extends to outright copying of previous design work by others. If reference is made to, or images utilised of, other design projects, a written citation acknowledging the original creator should be included. You will be instructed in this paper how to use precedents productively and creatively and how to avoid plagiarism in design.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 20/12/2021 01:46 p.m.