ARH 690 Thesis Preparation & Midpoint

ARH 690 Thesis Preparation & Development

Faculty: David Gill / Eric Reeder / Nicole Lambrou / Jaime Daroca

Course Description

This course prepares you for the final Master of Architecture Thesis course. You’ll begin by thinking through an architectural problem critically, identifying an area of investigation that is based on your years of study in the program, and encompassing social equity concerns and environmental considerations, among other. You will build on this architectural thesis concept throughout the semester by conducting extensive research on a selected site, developing a program, analyzing your expected user group with special attention to inclusivity, and assembling a typology study. At the end of the course you will present your proposal in the Midpoint Review, ensuring you will be fully prepared to move into the final thesis course of the program.

Course Learning Outcome

As a result of successfully completing this course, students…

  • Will be able to:

    • Identify and elaborate on the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the thesis proposal
    • Identify a program and justify its appropriateness for the site and area in which it will be realized
    • Represent ideas clearly and compellingly using graphics, diagrams, and writing
    • Present precedents and typologies that apply both to program and tectonic strategies
    • Comprehend user groups and asses how those groups will be served by tectonic strategies and program
    • Present the thesis proposal verbally in a compelling and clear fashion
    • Independently investigate and research ideas