TOPIC RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONSWhat to do and not to do in thesis.
The table below illustrates a series of topics that are restricted as well as the rationale behind it. Students are strongly urged to read this through in order to fully grasp what should not be done. This list was produced after collecting data from CQIs (Continuous Quality Improvements), students’ feedbacks and Portfolio meeting outcomes.
|1||Minimum project scale||Single-residential unit, a collection of instances of single-residential units||The bottom limit is set as such as to not venture into the realm of interior design. When the scale of the project reduces, the complexity and detail of the thesis increases.||Currently in effect|
|2||Maximum project scale||Residential complex, mix development complex, buildings for up to 1000 users||Technically the top limit is set simply due to the fact that in practice large, complex building projects are managed by a group of architects, not one. Furthermore, the project has to be completed by the end of the semester, so setting the maximum scale is important to ensure the adherence to the time frame set.||Currently in effect|
|1||Non-human user oriented buildings||Services buildings (TNB substation, comms tower, lighthouse), buildings for animals or hypothetical creatures (zombies, elves, aliens)||Architecture is about people. Therefore any architectural design thesis should focus on buildings for human users with multitude of activities.||Currently in effect|
|2||Physics-defying projects||Anti-gravity buildings, dark-energy buildings, genetically-modified growing biological house||Architecture is about real, physical world. Although students are encouraged to look deep into the future, the implementation of the thesis should always be contemporary. Current-world technologies should be the extent of what could be implemented in the design.||Currently in effect|
|3||Engineering or highly-technical based buildings||Hospital, Nuclear power plant, production factories||Highly specialized and/or technical projects are beyond the scope of architects. In practice, it would require input from specialized experts where the role of the architect is minimal.||Currently in effect|
|4||Non-architectural designs||Urban masterplan, landscape design, interior design, product and industrial design||An architectural degree requires an architectural project to showcase the ability of the designer. Attempting other forms of design does not fulfill this requirement.||Currently in effect|
|1||Issues based on acute human medical conditions/ disabilities||School for deafblind children, home for elders with sclerosis, rehab centre for war injuries||These topics borders into specialized areas that often requires specialist consultants. Previous students have shown very weak performance due to the complexity of the thesis.||Disallowed unless with strong unanimous support by the Panel since 2013|
|2||Underground architecture||Underground complex, war bunker, mine reclaimation||In these projects, students will be deprived of form-making, a crucial aspect in design. Furthermore, contextual aspect of the site will also be minimal.||Disallowed until further notice since 2010|
|3||Floating / offshore / underwater architecture||Oilrig, floating complex, underwater complex, Noah's Ark||These projects have been done many times before with little variation. The substantial technical requirement to cater marine architecture is also a major hindrance as well as the lack of context.||Disallowed until further notice since 2012|