ARC 509, Architectural Design VIII, Pre-Thesis (6 credits)

Course Description 

Selection, research and analysis – in a seminar format – of the student’s Thesis project to be conducted in the following semester.


Course Goals and Objectives 

  • Gain a more independent responsible approach to design work, including the management of schedule and research methodology.
  • Selection of site, and understand its ability to argue for a conceptual intention.
  • Create a design program, and understand its ability to argue for a conceptual intention.


Topical Outline 

10% Create scope, schedule, and methodology of research
45% Conduct research and analysis
45% Produce a research paper – a combination of written and visual argument


Prerequisites

ARC 408, Architectural Design VII
ARC technology courses (Structures, Mechanical Systems, Construction Techniques)


Textbooks/Learning Resources

Image of the City, Lynch
The Death and Life of Great American Cities,
Jacobs
The Concise Townscape,
Cullen
Writing a Thesis: Substance And Style
, Van Wagenen (or similar)


Offered 

Fall semesters, annually


Faculty assigned 

Eric Stark, Associate Professor of Architecture
Amy Hinkley, Adjunct Professor of Architecture
Additional faculty advisers and outside readers as required