The Architectural Thesis Project, provided by OUA and Curtin University, can be undertaken as individual study (as part of Architectural Thesis Methods and Preparation) or as a research studio, therefore allowing for either development of individual research skills or for experience within a research team.
The thesis should aim to demonstrate the student’s individual ability to use prior knowledge and new analysis, and to convincingly fuse these to explore the connection between architecture’s theoretical and practical elements.
Assessment is solely based on a presentation that will need to demonstrate effective analysis and evaluation of results, relevant allusion to prior knowledge, and the efficient use of suitable research methods. Fieldwork is crucial; however, the form this takes will vary depending upon the project’s focus.
Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program: Students must first complete the following units.
Urban Design Research Studio (previously MAA403)
Urban Design Research Methods
Complex Buildings Research Studio (previously MAA406)
Complex Buildings Research Methods
Architectural Thesis Methods and Preparation
Integrated Buildings Research Studio (previously MAA503)
Integrated Buildings Research Methods
Areas of study
In this Architectural Thesis unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction – focusing your research
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Master of Architecture, Curtin University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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On completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the theoretical dimension of the profession and be able to demonstrate a critical and creative approach. Whether working independently or as part of a team, students will gain invaluable experience of professional research and project development.
The final presentation for this unit will encourage students to think carefully about the communication of ideas through a visual and verbal medium to a diverse audience. This presentation will advance the student’s professional approach to the discipline and be a valuable skill for the furtherance of their career.
A required element on the Master of Architecture course this presentation is one of 14 units that need to be completed in order for the student to be awarded a Masters Degree. This, coupled with a Bachelors Degree in architecture, provides the educational element required to be registered as an architect. On completion students will be eligible for associate membership of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. The course is also recognised by the Architects Board of Western Australia and the Commonwealth Association of Architects, as well as by architectural boards across Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Architectural Thesis from Curtin University
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