Architectural Thesis module (AR50005)

The architectural thesis is a year-long study. This explores architectural ideas through practice-based research

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In this year-long study, you will explore architectural ideas through practice-based research. You will develop your work as a series of questions and objectives. These will be set in the wider context of contemporary architectural thinking and practice.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • use advanced research methods. You will plan appropriate design strategies for complex design tasks. This allows you to show an understanding of current architectural knowledge
  • assess materials, processes, and techniques. These apply to complex architectural designs and building construction. This will allow you to integrate these into detailed architectural designs
  • assess and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral, and written media. You will use these to test, analyse, critically appraise, and explain design proposals

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically understand a specific subject area in relation to architectural design
  • structure a rigorous argument and produce original design work
  • show initiative and competence in setting objectives and defining design considerations through research
  • rely on personal time management and independent learning skills

Assignments / assessment

There are two components to assessment in this module:

  • A critically reflective portfolio
    • is a pass/fail element that will not contribute to your grade. This must be completed to a satisfactory standard for you to pass the module
  • An architectural thesis
    • is the graded element, comprising an exhibition and accompanying text (75%)
    • it is supported by an initial research study which will be completed working in a group. This contributes 25% of the overall individual grade

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

The module is studio-based. Studios will normally meet once per week for individual and group tutorials.

Group field trips will be agreed upon with studio tutors and agreed upon where appropriate.


This module is available on following courses: