Studio I (SPACE)

Welcome to Studio 1 (SPACE) 

This paper introduces creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to spatial design practice. You will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes for the definition and investigation of physical, temporal and digital spatial environments and their inhabitation. You will learn to discuss and evaluate your work and the work of your peers.

This course is about understanding, representing and creating 3D space through a range of design processes. Specifically, students will analyse, develop and design a space which responds to the site, materials, lighting, movement and framing theme. A final set of spatial visualisations are achieved by exploring and creating 3D space through a range of drawing, modelling and communication techniques. 

If you are a current student – all of your course information is available on the Studio 1 (Space) Stream page.

If you would like to find out more information about this paper please email the coordinator, Georgina Stokes. 

Active Design Briefs

Brief 1: Mihimihi

Mihimihi includes the announcing of yourself, which locates you in relation to the past and present through whenua and whakapapa (geographically and genealogically). How do you announce yourself? Who are you; who are your people; where do you come from? 

It examines the ideas of journey and arrival, of coming together, and of sharing in and contributing to building a rich and divergent collective identity. The mihi grounds us to a relational interconnection, not as individual agents but part of a whole that can encompass diversity. 

We begin at our site, the Clyde Quay Wharf Boat sheds. You will develop a spatial response at this site in relation to an element of your mihimihi. 


Brief 2: Ātea 

This paper responds to aspects of Ātea, it examines the corresponding ideas of encounters with places and people; conversations/discourse; challenges; process; tikanga and the dynamic and, at times, challenging and confrontational spaces of meeting and entering.
We begin at our site, the Freyberg Beach Gelato Shop, Oriental Bay, Wellington. You will learn to apply spatial design techniques/variables/conventions to analyse, express and develop a design of a spatial encounter/meeting/gathering space at the site. 

By the end of the course, successful students will: 

  • Show an introductory understanding of the relationship between creative work and how it is perceived. 
  • Demonstrate a willingness to explore a range of ideas and take risks in creative development. 
  • Participate constructively in discussion in relation to their own work and that of their peers. 
  • Demonstrate basic competency in techniques, skills and processes for the definition and investigation of physical and digital spatial environments and their inhabitation. 
  • Communicate and present work in a clear and considered way. 

Last modified: February 16, 2022