Architectural Design Studio (ADST) 205

Foundations of Design II (Revision 1)


Delivery Mode: Paced online, - Group study -13 weeks - with eTextbooks; Students are required to participate in one 3 hour evening video teleconference session per week

This course will be offered in January, May and September.  You may contact the FST Student Success Centre at 1-855-362-2870 for confirmation of other offerings.

ADST 205 - Foundations of Design II is intended for students enrolled in the BSc (Architecture) program at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: ADST 200 and APST 215

Centre: RAIC Centre for Architecture

ADST 205 is not available for challenge.

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ADST 205 is the second of ten studio courses that will prepare you for work in an architect’s office. The course continues the exploration of the creative design process begun in ADST 200: Foundations of Design I, through a series of composition, abstraction, and design projects. You will be introduced to a design process based on original thinking, in which you synthesize collected information and draw conclusions based on established premises.

The aim of this course is to familiarize you with the creative application of sound analytical skills, imaginative conceptual thinking, and form making abilities. It will also demonstrate how to generate a number of design alternatives, and evaluate and select the most appropriate one.

Course Outline

ADST 205 consists of five projects and two presentations. Each week, you will be asked to share your work-in-progress with your academic expert and the other students in the studio. This weekly session is the equivalent of a desk critique (a session during which the architecture student sits down with their instructor to review their designs) given in a face-to-face studio.

These interactive meetings will be held in an online environment that includes video conferencing, audio conferencing, and social media, and will allow the academic expert to provide feedback on your work. This type of session is intended to be a productive working session much like you would experience in an architect’s office. Upon registration, you will receive a full set of instructions for connecting to the virtual studio.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Comprehend: Establish a basic understanding of the process design thinking, exploration, and communication.
  2. Analyze: Explore and examine topics, including:
    • primary elements
    • form
    • space
    • organization of primary elements, form, and space
    • circulation through space
    • program
    • proportion and scale
    • ordering principles
  3. Apply: Understand and apply basic design principles in the process of design development through critical thinking.
  4. Apply: Begin to build a community of practice by working with other students

Course Evaluation

Your work in this course will be evaluated based on five projects.
Each project is weighted as shown below. Note that your participation in discussions, and your sharing of resources, will contribute to your grade.

  Project Due Date Weight
Project 1 Colour, Mood, and Atmosphere Week 2 15%
Project 2 Spatial Habitation Week 4 15%
Project 3 Habitation Mapping and 2D Translation Week 7 15%
  Midterm presentation Week 7 (ungraded)
Project 4 Conceptual Design Development and Documentation Week 10 45%
Project 5A Final Presentation: Reflecting on What You Have Learned Week 13 10%
Project 5B Submit 2 images to the academic expert.    
Total     100%

You must achieve a cumulative grade of 67% or greater to receive credit for ADST 205.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Ching, F. D. K. (2015). Architectural Graphics. (6th ed.). Wiley.

Ching, F. D. K. (2015). Architecture: Form, Space, & Order. (4th ed.). Wiley. (You received this text with ADST 200.)

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.


Zumthor, P. (2006). Atmospheres: Architectural Environments, Surrounding Objects. Birkhäuser.

Note: ADST 205 is taught using either this textbook or online resources depending on availability.

Please keep your texts accessible so you may use in future courses.

Resources Materials

Student-Provided Tools and Equipment

You must provide a digital camera for your own use, as well as a few other tools. The items you will need to provide are listed below:

Photography tools:

  • Smartphone with camera, or digital camera (SLR preferable)

Drawing materials:

  • 35.56cm × 43.18cm (14” × 17”) Strathmore 300 series acid-free drawing paper
  • 22.86cm × 30.48cm (9” × 12”) Strathmore 300 series sketchbook
  • white or beige 2-ply card stock
  • trace paper

Drawing tools:

  • 0.30 mm precision felt pen (or similar).
  • 2H to 2B pencils or mechanical pencils
  • coloured markers and/or pencil crayons

Modeling materials:

  • white or beige 2-ply card stock
  • clear plastic sheet

Modeling tools:

Use of Computers

While this is an online and virtual studio, you are asked not to use a computer in preparing your projects. Hand drawing and modeling skills remain essential to the development of an architect, and the first studio courses in this series are designed to help you improve those skills. It is understood that you will need to use a computer to scan, arrange, format, save, and upload your final submission for each project, but you must complete all your drawings and models for this course by hand.

Course Home Page (online): The course home page houses all the online components of your course.

Course Information (online): The Course Information provides specific information about how to proceed through the course. Read the Course Information carefully before you begin reading the Study Guide.

Projects (online): The 5 projects are embedded on the course home page.

Forms: Forms you may need are available through the myAU portal.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, December 22, 2015.