ARC 616: Research Methods

Umberto Eco's sketches for the labyrinthine library in "the Name of the Rose" (https://www.architecturalpapers.ch/index.php?ID=75).

Umberto Eco's sketches for the labyrinthine library in "the Name of the Rose" (https://www.architecturalpapers.ch/index.php?ID=75

What is design research? How can an investigator articulate a research question and determine a productive field of investigation in architecture? How can we define the research scope? How can we select proper precedents and study them? What makes a good design thesis?

These are some of the questions we will take on in this seminar. The ultimate goal of the course is to guide graduate students to develop a methodological and theoretical grounding for their thesis projects. We will do this through reading assignments, writing exercises, group discussions, and one-on-one feedback. By the end of the semester, each student will have the opportunity to develop a clear research question, synopsis, literature review, and a productive method of inquiry. 

Faculty

10/16/18
Erkin Özay is a registered architect and an urbanist with a research focus on urban asset distribution practices and their spatial impacts on the city, with a specific concentration on the design of educational environments. 

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