ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN THESIS

Masters of Architecture

coordinated by

Azari Mat Yasir & Dr. Doris Toe

1.0. OVERVIEW THE Architectural Design Thesis is aimed at comprehensiveness and sensitivity to the design as a whole. Students coming into this level are perceived as having acquired all the necessary skills and knowledge to become an architect in their previous years, and are expected to exhibit them accordingly here. The final work should demonstrate the ability in handling an architectural design in its entirety, including the capacity for independent learning and decision making. Eventually, the students will also be expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate the works visually and verbally, as well as in written form. In general, the Architectural Design Thesis is divided into two stages: Stage 1 and Stage 2. The graduating work produced at the end of Stage 2 shall be comprehensive enough to satisfy all requirements of the University as well as Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) Part 2 qualification. In Stage 1, students embark on exploratory venture to seek, argue and come up with a potential and viable solution method. It is on this that the Stage 2 exercise be based upon and the solution(s) fully realised.

1.1. Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for Pre-Thesis MBEA1119, MBEA1129 & MBEA2139 (1st Stage)

CLO1 – integrate advanced knowledge on architectural theory, design formulation into a conclusive synthesis towards innovative solutions in response of the specified theme of the project. CLO2 – produce a complete design scheme with plausible construction methods that potentially responds to aspects of sustainability, economy, contextual, cultural & climatical issues and the architectural practice according to the established theme of the project. CLO3 – design design a potential theoretical architectural solution that responds to the established problem(s) in the brief/synthesis. CLO4 – use appropriate communication, architectural convention and presentation techniques in verbal, visual and written form. CLO5 – organize a team to function and contribute in planning, running and documentation of altruistic events with entrepreneuristic qualities effectively.

1.2. Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for Thesis MBEA2149 (2nd Stage)

CLO1 – integrate advanced knowledge and principles of building technology, environmental design, economy, sustainability and relevant construction methods according to building legislation and code of practice. CLO2 – produce a complete architectural design scheme with full technical competency, coherent construction methods and compliant to by-laws & regulations that responds to sustainability, economy, contextual, cultural & climatical issues and the architectural practice as a whole. CLO3 – design an innovative and practical architectural solution that responds convincingly to the established problem(s). CLO4 – use appropriate communication and presentation techniques in verbal, visual and written form effectively. CLO5 – organize a team to function and contribute in planning, running and documentation of altruistic events with entrepreneuristic qualities effectively.

1.3. CO-PO Mapping

  2.0.THESIS WORKFLOW The diagram below illustrates the structure of the workflow for the entire four-semester programme, plotting from the three 1st Stage Pre-thesis building up to the ultimate 2nd Stage Thesis. Each of the three Pre-theses will have similar structure and assessment system. The only difference is the nature of the project being attempted. For more details on the structure of the M.Arch programme, refer item 2.1. (Diagram on the 3+1 thesis course structure)

2.1. Thesis Flow & Programme Structure

2.2. Student Learning Time

2.3. Design Thesis Calendar

3.0. CONDUCT

3.1. Supervision of the Design Thesis

3.2. Design Thesis Proposal (2nd Stage only)

3.3. Thesis Topic Restrictions and Limitations

3.4. Appeals and Complaints

4.0. ASSESSMENTS

4.1. Assessment Criteria

4.2. Seminar / Masterplan

4.3. Progressive Markings

4.4. Journal Article

4.5. Final Thesis Assessment

4.6. Generic Skills Development (GSD) Points

4.7. Correction-to-Grade (CtG) Status

5.0. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

5.1. Journal Article Submissions

5.2. Final Thesis Assessment Submission

5.3. Final Overall Submission