Final Evaluation for Graduating B. Arch and BA Students
At the conclusion of the undergraduate programs, all students receive individualized assessments called the Final Evaluation. The culminating studio project is typically reviewed for the assessment. For B. Arch students, this will be the ARH 498 or ARH 550 project. For BA students, this will be their ARH 450 project.
Please refer to the Final Evaluation Rubric that describes the Program Learning Outcomes being assessed. Students should strive to achieve the outcomes through their respective final studio projects.
Students have the option to meet with directors to receive guidance and feedback on their portfolios as they transition into the profession or onto graduate school. Students must upload their portfolio to the LMS prior to the meeting.
ARH 510 Thesis Studio
The first semester of the two-semester thesis year will establish a theoretical framework upon which the architectural proposal will be finalized in the second semester. Targeted and in-depth research of urban systems, site history and conditions, precedents, user groups will fuel the development of an informed critique of existing conditions. Through the process of formulating hypotheses and then testing them within urban and architectural design responses, a clear and thoughtful thesis statement will be crafted. The thesis statement will continue to evolve throughout the semester as the testing of hypothesis reveals more refined design directions.
At the conclusion of the first thesis semester, initial responses to situations found on the site, social and cultural contexts, and relevant contemporary issues will be tested within a specific architectural proposal communicated in the form of schematic plans, sections, and models.
The deliverables for the first semester of the thesis year will include thoroughly cited research documentation, observations that instigate urban and architectural responses, explorations of urban system interventions, architectural intent in the form of drawings and models, and the thesis statement.
Please refer to the Final Evaluation Rubric to guide your research and investigation in ARH 510.
ARH 550 Thesis Studio
The second semester of the thesis year will build on the research and the initial testing of the hypothesis of the first semester. Having identified a position within the framework articulated by the thesis statement, the ideas will inform the spatial and material qualities of an architectural proposal. This translation process must be evident and robust. The goal is to define the scope of work narrow enough to develop an architectural proposal that is well-resolved. The claim made by the thesis statement is to be tested by the agency of a specific architectural proposal to act as a catalyst within the site context.
Shifting across scales, the testing of the hypothesis is to lead to an in-depth investigation of building systems, components, and building materiality that reinforce the thesis intent.
To this end, the deliverables for the second and final semester of the thesis year will include a list of drawings and models that typically describe an architectural proposal. Additionally, the thesis project is to include documentation that explains how a chosen building system is integrated with the architectural proposal.
ARH 450 Studio 8
Students in the BA degree path concluding ARH 450 should prepare the following for the Final Evaluation:
- Brief Portfolio
Please communicate your immediate plans after graduation by adding a written statement to the portfolio or by recording an audio file on the LMS. Let us know whether you will be looking for a job, starting a graduate program, or all of the above! Understanding your plans will help us better support your transition.
Please upload all files to the LMS. Please review the BA Final Evaluation Rubric to determine how to curate your portfolio.