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Architectural Research

Joel Kerner, Bess Krietemeyer, Brian Lonsway, Hannibal Newsom, Daekwon Park, Advisors

The pleasures of a master’s thesis come from the deep knowledge our graduates gain about the agency of architecture as a discipline, profession, and practice. Throughout the Master of Architecture degree, we seek to build the awareness of and sensitivity to this agency as fundamental responsibilities of the architect. The thesis provides our students the opportunity to position their creative and intellectual commitments at the core of this learning process.

The work being presented here represents the culmination of the Architectural Research sequence, resulting in design and research briefs for the students’ master’s theses.  The work is intentional eclectic; we embrace the perspective that students can best develop these responsibilities when given the opportunity to delve deeply into a subject of their own fascination and are challenged to rigorously position their interests within a clearly articulated disciplinary context.

The work builds on all that our students have learned throughout the degree—the intellectual, material, social, cultural, theoretical, technological, environmental, historical, professional (…) aspects of architecture—and is explored through forward-looking architectural research methods and approaches. The projects are focused to allow for research and design investigations that can be meaningfully explored in the scope of the thesis course.  While the subjects are intentionally wide-ranging and chosen by the students, the research is directed in order to build students’ skills in integrating research into design and leveraging design as a form of knowledge-development.

The work from these students grows from an explicit challenge to identify their position in the field and the disciplinary situation in which they are working, poses pressing research questions and the methods most well-suited to answer them, and constructs knowledge and design outcomes that meaningfully integrate rigorous research and design methodology. The students’ eventual outcomes, both within the scope of their thesis presentations, and projected forward into the discipline at large, are measured against their ability to demonstrate the agency of architectural design—both process and product—to leverage these strategic research goals. 

Monday, December 7

9:00 - 9:30am Kae Schwalber
9:30 - 10:00am Ruohan Zou
10:00 - 10:30am Maureen Yue
10:30 - 11:00am Rebecca Hsu
11:00 - 11:30am Yuan Cao
11:30am -12 noon Ishita Parmar
1:00 - 1:30pm Akshay Bapat
1:30 - 2:00pm Indra Prasasto
2:00 - 2:30pm Kojo Quainoo
2:30 - 3:00pm Isaac Howland


Tuesday, December 8

9:00 - 9:30am Gabriel Zhagui
9:30 - 10:00am Songyun Shi
10:00 - 10:30am Jiameng Liu
10:30 - 11:00am Margaret Petri
11:00 - 11:30am Haerim Park
11:30am -12 noon Bomyeong Noh
1:00 - 1:30pm Yufei Jin
1:30 - 2:00pm Zicheng Wang
2:00 - 2:30pm Ting Yang
2:30 - 3:00pm Darrelle Butler Jr.


Wednesday, December 9

9:00 - 9:30am Shu (Melody) Zhang
9:30 - 10:00am Jamely Ramos
10:00 - 10:30am Hayyatu Deen Ikharo
10:30 - 11:00am Syed Mustafa Naqvi
11:00 - 11:30am Sravya Sirigiri
11:30am -12 noon Eden Duan
1:00 - 1:30pm Yan Chen
1:30 - 2:00pm Mengyao Liu
2:00 - 2:30pm Krystol Austin