Design Studio IIIB – Tuakiri_2021

tuakiri – spaces of 21st century wellbeing


Course Description:

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing spatial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.



This project addresses the ways in which spatial design constructs and reflects social, political and cultural values and identities.

Your identity, and the identities of others, are shaped by various factors or influences. Identity (including gender/class/ethnicity) affects the positions that you take up; it also affects the positions of ourselves and others within interactions and communication. What are the contemporary influences and factors that condition your approaches? How do these impact on your own position or the positions of others you might work with? How might these be organised within society?

This semester, all School of Design 358 students will be addressing tuakiri in relation to ideas of wellbeing. You will participate in and reflect on a series of interdisciplinary Exchange sessions to discuss the implications of this with your peers across different design practices.


Project Brief:

This project explores the intersections between space and the politics of identity and wellbeing. Spatial design projects are subject to the codes and regulations of governing bodies and societal systems or narratives, but can also have agency in challenging and shaping those systems. You will be proposing a reimagining of Government House for a purpose that aligns with or critiques a particular wellbeing concern for Aotearoa New Zealand. You will design a multi-programme adaptive reuse of the building (considering ‘adaptive reuse’ in an expanded sense, which could range from a full interior architecture refit to a temporary performative intervention/event) that unpacks the existing programming of the site as a residence, event-space, and stage for the ‘performance’ of nationhood. How does your spatial proposition respond to this context to embody a vision of 21st century wellbeing?

Part 1 (weeks 1-6):

  • site & context research, analysis, modellng & technical drawings
  • critical spatial intervention exercise responding to a selected concern & critical text – initial proposal for adaptive reuse (to include position statement, research, site documentation, masterplan, hero image, code report) with presentation via a website and short video

Part 2 (weeks 7-12)

  • design development, detailing and refinement, including material specification, material detail or prototype (project specific)
  • design communication (written, verbal and visual)
  • developed proposal for adaptive reuse (to include developed Part 1 material + Part 2 design development & material studies + presentation visuals that communicate your overall proposal as well as a selected aspect of the design developed to detail, considering construction, materials, connections, lighting, services, etc.) with an oral and visual digital presentation

Part 3 (week 13)

  • reflect on your project, your practice, and the way in which you engaged with people through both of these. 

[See Stream for full assignment brief, learning outcomes and deliverables]

‘Help Hours’ sign up sheet : add your name into a time slot and we can chat over any technical questions you might have – Georgina. 

We will be using this blog to post weekly updates and deliverables.
See Stream for resources, readings and digital submissions.


STUDIO 1.1 – Tuesday Wk1:

  • Intro: Tuakiri, Government House, wellbeing, access and protocol around sensitive information associated with the site, the 2019 Wellbeing budget, 
  • Positioning exercises: spatial practice; critical positioning; response to site/context
  • Introduce readings
  • Mural
  • Setting up digital models

Here is a link to the schedule we will be working from, this will be updated regularly and with more detail as we progress through the project.

Please note: We’ll be having tutorials 11am Wednesday starting from Week 2. Please ensure that you can come along to these.

Exchange sessions tbc. – likely week 2 and week 8

Independent Study:

  • Begin creating your digital model – this is independent study for the whole week. We will be addressing these in class and tutorials next week.
  • Site/context research
  • Readings:
  •  For the Spatial Agency reading and one of the articles above identify three key points made in the article and identify a key idea that you that you take away from the writing (approx. 100 words per article)
    • You may also want to refresh yourself on Brooker & Stones’ “Re-readings” chapter on adaptive reuse strategies (see Readings folder on Stream)
  • Review Labour’s “Wellbeing Budget” and select a focus area that is of interest to you.
  • Set up blog and complete blog address form – please note that blogs need to be password protected with the assigned password

STUDIO 1.2 – Friday Wk1:

  • General catch-up
  • Review shared research
  • Discussion of readings responses
  • Positioning your critical spatial practice workshopping: anecdotes and galaxies. This will help to generate an initial response to the brief.
  • Digital modelling update and check in
  • Site visit information – discuss shared resource/site documentation strategies, parking list

Slides from studio today will be posted to Stream at the end of the session.

Independent Study:

  • Continue on with digital model
  • Continue site/context research. This research will be informed and occur as you complete the collage and galaxy exercises.
    • Note – keep in mind parts of the site or information you come across that you might want to enquire about from the tour guide or document more closely whilst at the site visit.
  • Complete anecdote/collage exercise
  • Complete positioning task as outlined in presentation slide ‘Building a response to the brief’  (With the information you have gathered from the positioning exercises consider 3 different spatial responses to your position. Each of these needs to engage with a different spatial condition eg. scale, interior, exterior, programme. Document these in whichever way is most useful to you…)
  • Source your own text in response to an aspect of the Wellbeing budget and an area of critical discourse you are interested in (spatial practice + critical discourse + budget outcome)
  • Come prepared for the session on Tuesday – starting 9am at Government House.
    • Meet at Government House. Please be on time, our tour is only scheduled to start at 9am, so arrival around 8.45am would be preferable.
    • Entry is via the back gate at Hospital Road. There is no entry through the Basin Reserve gate, or through Drummond Street.
    • Please dress appropriately for the mana of the site we are visiting.
    • We have been given permission to photograph and measure the site as needed. Bring measuring equipment (we will bring some too).
    • Let Meg know by 12pm Monday if you are planning to drive so that we can let Govt House know. There is lots of parking.
    • If you can’t make it let Meg know in advance.



STUDIO 2.1 – Tuesday Wk2:

Site visit 9-11

Debrief + independent study 11-12

Tutorial discussion

Tutorial Wednesday 11-12: Digital modelling

Independent Study:

Create your response to the brief that includes:

  • Create a written statement outlining what space/area in Govt House you will be working with or responding to, which wellbeing outcome you are responding to, the (current) spatial outcome.
  • Create a detailed and refined image that captures the key concerns mentioned in your response to the brief. We will be pinning these up and workshopping together on Friday, bring this printed (tiled if needed) to the session. There are examples of these in the slide presentation folder on Stream.
  • Complete deliverables from last week.
    • Continue developing your 3D model in SketchUp/VW. 

STUDIO 2.2 – Friday Wk2:

  • Pin up of images  + peer interpretations of concepts. 
  • Reflection of site visit 
  • Form ‘constellations’ of critical spatial practices. This will help you support and connect with your peers who are considering similar lines of thinking. 
  • Workshop project brief responses 

Independent Study:

  • Identify areas/aspects of the existing site to analyse in further detail through drawing, diagramming, model-making & material exploration. 
  • Identify spatial conditions that these areas offer your response to the brief: eg curtains. 
  • Exploration of 3 possible sites minimum by drawing into plan and section views in whichever representation style you like that can best communicate your ideals visually.
  • Development of Technical deliverables continued.  



STUDIO 3.1 – Tuesday Wk3:

  • Site Responses 
    In groups of 3 – what strategy approach were you working with? Identify this. 
    Discuss what part of the site you were responding to.
  • Making a decision 101
    Answer the questions on a piece on paper 
    Print out and find examples to pin up

TUTORIAL 2 – Wed 11-12pm 10B01 – How to use Adobe XD to make a live website. 

Independent Study:

  • Create a wireframe of your website. How to do this will be covered in the tutorial on Wednesday at 11am. It is important that you attend!
  • Continue to research and design towards your proposal.

STUDIO 3.2 – Friday Wk3:

  • Introduction to critical discourse+theory
  • Workshop galaxies – individual and group
  1. Get into groups based on your response to the brief
  2. Together create a group title and statement of intent. Add to the google slide show in the shared folder (link on Stream)
  3. Write your own individual statement and provide accompanying image. Add this to the slide show under your group.

Independent Study:

  • Continue to develop proposal for critical spatial practice, including exploration of spatial design strategies, research, site analysis. This also includes working on your technical drawing set and website.

Select the spatial practice/approach that you will be using for this project. Create 3 responses (a different outcome) using your chosen approach. Print these out for Tuesday (any and all sizes and visualising techniques encouraged).

  • Find 5 precedent images of your selected spatial intervention and add them to the relevant section of the shared slide show follow this link here.
  • Complete in class tasks



STUDIO 4.1 – Tuesday Wk4:

  • Master planning
  • Precedents
  • Project Statements
  • Videos and storyboarding
  • Codes of practice

TUTORIAL 2 – Wed 11-12pm 10B01 Video

Independent Study:

  • Continue to develop and test proposal, master plan & spatial design strategies
  • Experiment with website
  • Bring to class printed out all deliverables (just where you are at). We will be doing a check-in, please attend the session regardless of where you are at with your project. We will workshop with whatever you’ve got.

Code report deliverable information:

1 page on your website.

Identify a code of conduct that is relevant to your project and articulate why. For example, you are interested in sustainable building practices so have selected the Living Building challenge. 

Demonstrate how you will address this code through your project. Ensure that you have checked off your chosen code with Meg or Georgina. We will help you to identify the relevant parameters for your project.

STUDIO 5.1 – Tuesday Week 5:

  • Storyboarding, detailing and refining exercise
  • Technical drawing deliverables 
  • Plan for the next week

Tutorial Wednesday 11am: Technical drawings 2

Come with your drawings, what ever stage they are at! Annotations and troubleshooting

Independent Study:

  • Continue to explore spatial design strategies, using design processes (sketching/drawing/making/modelling/visualising) as a way of conducting creative research – ‘thinking through design’ / ‘thinking through making’
  • Rewrite your project statement for Friday. Bring this printed out to the session.
  • Bring your technical drawings printed out to studio on Friday.


  • Notes on code report deliverables
    • Select a legislative/regulatory ‘code’ that your design proposal would need to engage with (e.g. resource management act, building code, one of the sustainable building standards, health & safety / risk assessment)
      • Summarise how/why your proposal engages with the code and explore three specific aspects that will inform your design (e.g. requirements for accessible stairs; number of fire exits; provision of toilet facilities)
    • Select a social/behavioural ‘code’ that your design proposal might engage with (e.g. tikanga, codes of conduct/ethics, etiquette)
      • Summarise how/why your proposal engages with this ‘code’ and explore two specific aspects
    • You can decide how best to display this information – the class suggested/agreed that on your website makes sense. As a rough indication, you do not need to write a lengthy essay, just a succinct report with numbered points and diagrams, equivalent to around 2x A4s or 1x A3 for each code


STUDIO 5.2 – Friday Week 5:

  • Review and workshop technical drawings
  • Workshop masterplans – scale, size, level of information
  • What clinic for next week
  • Video length

At this point you should have draft versions of:

  • Proposal / critical framing
  • Critical spatial practice experiments (strategies/explorations/visuals)
  • Video & website tests (you will continue to develop these)
  • Code report

Hand-in Friday Week 6:

  • 5min presentation of your website.
  • Dropbox submission of technical drawing set and link to website. 

Cumulatively this is part of your assessment, you will received feedback and an indicative grade for your work so far – high, medium, low along with some short feedback. (not your final grade for the project). Please ensure you have timed out your presentation to accurately be 5mins.

Independent study for Tuesday week 6:

Prepare a final draft of the deliverables. Please have everything ready to share, (printed out where relevant) for 9am Tuesday so that we can get through everyone (one on ones or small group feedback) in good time.


STUDIO 6.1 – Tuesday Wk6:

  • 1:1s / working studio – drafts printed out and pinned up ready to go for 9am

Tutorial, Wednesday 11am: HELP! Come with your technical questions


STUDIO 6.2 – Friday Wk6:

  • Critique: Proposals for critical spatial practice, presented via website (with text, images & other content) & video

UPLOAD your presentation links here before class (XD + Video) 


  • Present for critique and submit link to you website via pdf on Stream
    • the website contains all the elements of your proposal for critical spatial practice, including:
      • project title & critical framing / position statement
      • curated (relevant) research & site documentation
      • masterplan (overview of spatial & temporal programme)
      • hero image
      • code ‘report’ and corresponding design parameters that your proposed design will need to consider
    • the website should also contain a short video (and/or placeholder, with video posted on blog), which can be used to explore or communicate any of the above
  • Submit as PDF to Stream: technical drawings of existing site/building
    • Vectorworks (or Revit/Archicad) line drawings, including:
      • plan and section of building/site (+elevation if relevant)
      • more detailed, annotated plan and section of specific site(s) of intervention demonstrating understanding of the existing building/site ‘fabric’ that your adaptive reuse intervention/installation/insertion will engage with
  • Have up to date on your blog:
    • all other research & process work, including critical spatial intervention exercise(s) and previous video exploration(s)


Week 7


  • Review images developed over the break
  • Looking ahead at the next 6 weeks 
  • Planning exercise – making sure YOU know your framework, ready to design:
    What do you need to design?
    What do you need to refine?
    Where are the gaps in your research?
    What do you need to know about the site?
  • Setting up Storyboard Independent Study
    No tutorial this week; instead refresh yourself at the workshop – needed for next week!


Independent Study – for Friday

For Friday:

6 ‘storyboard’ images. These are of key moments in your design. We will be using these as a way of planning out the next 6 weeks to help you identify the following:

  • What does this suggest you need to focus on?
  • What areas of your design require further development?
  • What requires further detailing?
  • What doesn’t need to be there anymore?

Strategies to help you identify key moments in your design:

  • How does time operate in your design? or your design in relation to time? What is the time signature (or rhythm) of your design, does this change?
  • Step through your design – what do we encounter first….how does it appear at the end (what is the end?
  • Revisit your conceptual framework. How is this being communicated through your design?




Storyboard#1 – discussion and review 

Introduce details – review deliverables, discuss material connections 

Storyboard #2 – draw in details, material connections

Materials A-Z redux…2.0…maximised

Open hours sign up sheet

Add in any extra questions for Govt. House here by Monday Week 8 


Independent study for Tuesday:

  • List the materials you are using in your proposal, be as specific as you can about the type and treatment of the materials. This list will be a work in progress and subject to change but something to get started on now.
  • Identify 3 possible material details/connections relevant to your project. Come prepared to discuss these with Uli on Tuesday.
  • A-Z challenge: Document a material connection between a material that begins with your assigned letter and another material out in the real world. Remember, 2 photos needed, one of the connection and one of you (proof you were really there). Upload to the powerpoint here
  • Continue to develop your project as per the project plan completed earlier this week.


Week 8


  • A-Z findings
  • Details and material catch up – identifying your detail
  • Discussions with Uli, organised via materials. Alternative groups, feedback and working session with G & M
  • Project deliverables and presentation overview
  • Visualisation styles and techniques independent study

Tutorial, Wednesday 11am: annotating sections and details. Bring your details printed to the session.

Independent study for Friday:

  • Consolidate! Use this time to get up to date on the tasks that we have been working through since returning from break. This may include some/all of the following: 

Select your detail/material connection. Source the materials you might need for this, plan out how this will look (make a detail drawing in VW), do a/multiple tests of how this might work. These tests will likely also inform your design.

Do the storyboard exercise from last week. This is a tool to map out what it might be to experience your space/design/proposal. It is a useful tool to help you identify which parts of your design require further development, how elements of the design change over time, whether your concept translates into the space you are proposing.

Complete/update your technical drawings with the additional annotation information from the tutorial this week. These drawings for the basis of your presentation drawings for this project. 

Do your a-z material challenge.

  • Source 3 examples of visual representation techniques/strategy that interest you, specifically in relation to this project. Add these to the google slideshow, 1 example per slide with references.
  • Continue to develop and refine your design in response to feedback and discussion in class.

Presentation/project submission update:

Part 2 (weeks 7-12)

  • design development, detailing and refinement, including material specification, material detail or prototype (project specific)
  • design communication (written, verbal and visual)
  • developed proposal for adaptive reuse (to include developed Part 1 material + Part 2 design development & material studies + presentation visuals that communicate your overall proposal as well as a selected aspect of the design developed to detail, considering construction, materials, connections, lighting, services, etc.) with an oral and visual digital presentation

Submission/assessment requirements:

  1. Digital presentation (length tbc). These will differ between projects depending on scope and programme. This will mean that you will need to decide what you show and in what form – video, technical drawings and specifications, lighting plans. All presentations to include:  
  • project title & critical framing / position statement
  • curated (relevant) research & site documentation – consider how this is framed in wider context of your project, show research that is relevant to your project now rather than what you have moved away from.
  • masterplan (overview of spatial & temporal programme)
  • hero image
  • images/perspective drawings/diagrams that describe key moments of the design (minimum 3)

2. Material detail/connection 1:1 (physical model). 

3. Blog – with all process work, research, link to website (updated), technical drawings and specifications.



  • Visual representation slides and discussion
  • Material detail consolidation
  • Section tasks: material, light and interactions
  • Storyboard (see independent study)

In week 12 we will be 2pm at the latest. You will need to be available until then. Please let Meg know asap if you will not be able to stay. Please do not book your travel home until after this session!

You can book office hours with Meg for Monday 21st September  here


Independent study for Tuesday:

  • Continue to develop and refine your project.
  • Complete the sections task: 3 sections – material, light, interaction
  • Complete an updated storyboard as per in class discussion. Include beginning, 4 moments of interaction (with material, person, concept, could be passive or active), end point.


Week 9


  • Storyboard review exercise
  • Lighting and details +, 1:3 groups

Tutorial 11am: Presentation drawings (materiality) and lighting tricks

For tutorial on Wednesday please ensure you have considered some possible rendering styles you might draw from or employ as well as how you might achieve this. Come to the tutorial with any questions with might have about how to approach these. 

Working proposal statement feedback document

Independent study for Friday:

  • Draft of your presentation: identify the necessary components and you think you will need for your presentations including research slides, specific views of your design, technical specifications etc. Bring this to studio on Friday for tutorial sessions. These might best work drawn on separate pieces of paper so they can be annotated on and moved around.

This is your key deliverable for the second part of the project, creating a draft of it now will help you to identify the work you need to complete and the areas of your design that require further development, as well as the parts of your design that are perhaps no longer relevant.

  • Continue to develop and refine your project based on feedback and discussion in studio.



  • Session introduction.
  • Tutorial sessions to workshop your project.

Independent study:

  • Update or create a plan for the next 3 weeks. Consider when you need to complete particular elements so that they can be utilised in the presentation of your project. Don’t forget your material detail! The workshop will get very busy at the end of the semester.
  • Continue to development and refine your project.
  • Bring an updated draft of your presentation to class on Tuesday. This needs to  include at least 1 image that you will use (at whichever stage of development and completion).

Week 10 – Visual representation techniques


Graphic design techniques and tips with Jo Bailey, 9.30am

Workshopping projects, video discussion, format tbc


Tutorial:  Wednesday 11am: Advanced rendering


Independent Study for Friday:

Draft ## presentation, pinned up by 9am. This is an updated, more detailed, with all elements visually represented (we understand these will be at various degrees of completion). We will workshop these with each of you.



  • Intro, presentation information and brief.
  • Review draft #2 presentations, workshop with Georgina and Meg.
  • 1 on 1 tutorials and working studio.
  • Identify a deliverable to complete for Tuesday.
  • Summer school courses

Jo Bailey’s presentation from Tuesday is in the Resources folder on Stream

Independent Study: Continue to develop your project in response to the feedback you received today, complete your identified deliverable.



Group exercise identifying how you are progressing and what you need to work on. Identifying strategies to help you to achieve what you need to for the week.

1:1 tutorials with Meg and Georgina

Presentations: these will be between 5-6 mins long,  with between 3-4 mins for feedback. Please ensure you are available until 2pm on Friday 16th. 

Independent Study:

Draft presentation #3. Bring this printed out (where ever you are up to with it) and pin up. Please be ready at 9am.



  • Hand-in checklist
  • Material details
  • Worksheet exercise w/ draft presentation pin-ups
  • Shared food?
  • Extended hours

Meg office hours for week 12 – sign up here

Independent Study:

  • Continue to work on your project. Make a priorities list (consider the order in which you do things, how your workflow informs your priorities, what are you avoiding).
  • Aim for a final draft (including the words you’ll say) of your  presentation for Tuesday’s session.

Submission instructions:

Friday, October 16th 9am-2pm

  1. Digital presentations 5-6mins
  2. After presentations please convert your presentations to a .mov file and upload to this folder. We will collate presentations to exhibit on the screens in the studio.

Tuesday, October 20th, by 5pm

  1. Submit presentation to Stream dropbox, include up to date blog link on final page.
  2. Blog to include: all process work and documentation, updated technical drawings as relevant, working link to website. This is part of your assessment for this project.
  3. Physical submission of material detail on to 300 level shelves by 5pm Tuesday 20th October.

Friday, October 23rd, by 5pm

  1. Complete project reflection form. Link to be provided after presentation in week 12.


Week 12


  • Session intro
  • Tutorials and workshopping as needed
  • Presentation order and instructions

Notes for Friday presentations:

9am start: 10C19. Please be ready to go with your presentations loaded up so that we can move swiftly between presenters. You have 5-6mins to present with roughly 3mins of feedback and comments.

11.40 move back to 10b12

11.50 presentations start again.

Breaks will be scheduled when the presentation order has been finalised.

We should be finished up around 1.30pm

Final Reflection Form
Form is here

Presentation Order 

Kate NW



Last modified: February 22, 2021