ARC 616

ARC 616– Research Methods

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Course No.: 10265

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 327

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 2:00PM - 4:40PM

Faculty: Stratigakos


This seminar helps students develop a sound methodological foundation for their individual thesis project. A thesis is meant to demonstrate competence in the field of architecture by framing a relevant question, conducting rigorous inquiry, and formulating a clear argument for ongoing discussion with faculty. The goal of the seminar is to guide you in the beginning stages of this process.


The approaches to independent research are as wide-ranging as there are research topics. By addressing common challenges—how to define a field of research, how to formulate a research question or problem, how to formulate an argument, and how to develop supporting evidence—the seminar fosters a creative but rigorous approach towards research in architecture. Classes consist of student presentations of ongoing research, exercises, and discussion. The format is that of a workshop rather than a class.