Design Studio

First Year
ARCH1093 ARCH1101

This course will expose you to a broad range of Interior Design skills and concepts. You will be encouraged to develop your abilities in the conceptualisation and communication of design ideas. The course will challenge you to expand your theoretical and project-based knowledge in order to speculate and critically evaluate your design thinking. Students will work through a series of briefs that introduce them to a variety of ideas, skills and concepts around interior design. In each brief you will undertake site visits, in class activities and exercises, work out side of class, theoretical readings and receive feedback on your ideas and designs as you develop your project towards resolution. 




Week 1

Testing Grounds

On the students first day everyone met at Testing Grounds The morning was spent in the gallery observing and drawing and then everyone returned to testing Grounds to prepare and eat lunch together. Over 3 hours and 37 minutes the 130 interior design students moved 4317 besser bricks (supplied by Brick Works) to build a monumental form in the shape of a pyramid. Testing Grounds was interested in how the pyramid could provoke, engage and encourage various interrelations and responses. They have invited designers, artist, locals and the general public and other design students to utilise it in any way during Melbourne Design Week (running from 15-25 March




[project] situation is a seven-day project that asked the students to consider the interior as a set of conditions, events and circumstances that produce specific situations. In their first week of the course students became acute observers of situations occurring in and around the CBD of Melbourne. Their time spent in the city resulted in a large format image that was then taken back at a different time and in changed conditions to be reinserted in to the site, photographed and printed.



Experience of interiors change constantly, both physically and perceptually. As interior designers, we need to understand how to engage with the un-fixed qualities of interior spaces and experience.

In this six week project the students designed a reading room and an experiential installation/ exhibition, both located in Westspace Gallery. The students started by selecting a synonym of ‘transpose’ from a list: interchange, exchange, switch, transfer, invert, fluctuate, vacillate, transplant, move, displace, unsettle, decipher, transfigure, transmute, metamorphose, modulate, shift, relocate, reposition.

Each student located six orienting materials to help them develop their understanding of their term. These became the material that was contained and presented in their reading room. Both spaces are informed by the students understanding of their word, however the reading room focused on the visitor developing knowledge of the term through the research, and the other space is more of an experiential and physical experience. Their designs were communicated through Rhino models, design drawing, immersive imagery, storyboards and a performative model.