ARCH 498: Honors Thesis
What are the critical elements for a successful thesis in architecture and how can we reflect on them in a discursive light? How does research become architectural design and how can we translate written proposals into a thesis? How does one take a position in a critical dialog with the architectural discipline at large? And what are the pressing humanistic concerns that warrant architectural attention?
In this thesis colloquium we will engage in a dialog about the conception, making, and eventual visual and oral presentation of a senior honors thesis in architecture. As Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vriesendorp, Elia Zenghelis, and Zoe Zenghelis’s thesis project at the Architectural Association in 1972 illustrates, thesis can be radical and experimental, but it needs to convey spatial ideas clearly and pointedly. Together we will test, dream, workshop, share, streamline, illustrate, and present ideas and provide a space for each other to shape a long-term project that can expand even beyond the school years.