Seminar supporting the research, development, and writing of Degree Project Paper provides a comprehensive base of information for the final Bachelor of Architecture studio. Prerequisite: ARCH 402bL. Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor from the 5th Year Faculty based on your curricular experience, interests and potential for effectively working within the area requested.
The following Arch 501/502 descriptions illustrate the range of issues, program and context to be found in each thematic offering. The 5th Year Degree Project is a collaborative effort between the student and the advisor and is very much dependent on the student's initiative and creativity to develop final form and limits of each personal investigation. The thematic structure provides a framework for that effort and establishes a context for each specific project. Overlapping issues and coordinated reviews and interaction within each studio section provide a strong perspective for individual design efforts.
Course Description: The aim for the seminar is to gain a critical, theoretical, and technical understanding of the various methodologies that students will be asked to explore in the studio. Further, we will also explore the relationship between technological and cultural shifts in contemporary society. Students will work in pairs to present and lead discussions of each week’s readings in the first half of the semester. The second half will comprise of individual crits and each student will submit a 3-5000 word research paper at the end of the semester.