As the introductory studio in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture sequence, this studio subject provided the framework for students to learn essential techniques for the production of spaces, as well as important strategies in critical and analytical thinking. The subject introduced students to three key themes: body, organisation and context. These themes serve as a common knowledge-base, critical to the practice of architecture, and provide a primer to the sequence of studios ahead.
A constraint-based process was used to inform a series of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional exercises. Students gained an understanding of the design process; developed an understanding of our relationships to space, form, sequence and the environment; underwent rigorous research and iterative design; and developed strategies for translating concepts into spatial solutions.