MArch students produce their individual Design & Make Thesis for submission at the end of the 16-month programme. It forms an analysis and critique of the processes and outcome of the design and production of the Hooke Park build project, and develops a research-based argument on the theory or practice of architectural design within a design-build context. The Thesis is intended to be propositional, in the sense of proposing and testing alternatives to conventional design practice. The thesis argument may concern design methodology itself, or the ecological, societal, material or other aspects of architecture; specifically, however, it must be an argument that is developed and tested through the design-make process.
Each student identifies an individual field of research by the end of Term 1. This is then used to help inform and frame the choice of design and hands-on activities in the subsequent terms within the team-based work. Further thesis tutorials are held in third term, to guide the student in identifying their specific thesis question, argument and reference materials. Thesis Presentations are held in the fourth term, following completion of the built project. At this event, each student presents their thesis argument to an invited jury who advise on its subsequent completion for hand-in in late January.
The D&M Thesis is submitted as an illustrated bound dossier incorporating both the thesis text (7000-9000 words) and illustrative material.
Sample MArch Thesis: MArch Thesis: Omri Menashe, Steam Driven – The Architectural Power of Steam Bent Timber:
Sample MArch Thesis: Carlos Chen, Hooke Park: Locality and Landscape – Continuing the local architectural tradition: