TOPIC RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS

What 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.

NoItemExampleDescriptionStatus
SCALE LIMITATIONS
1Minimum project scaleSingle-residential unit, a collection of instances of single-residential unitsThe 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
2Maximum project scaleResidential complex, mix development complex, buildings for up to 1000 usersTechnically 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
SCOPE RESTRICTIONS
1Non-human user oriented buildingsServices 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
2Physics-defying projectsAnti-gravity buildings, dark-energy buildings, genetically-modified growing biological houseArchitecture 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
3Engineering or highly-technical based buildingsHospital, Nuclear power plant, production factoriesHighly 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
4Non-architectural designsUrban masterplan, landscape design, interior design, product and industrial designAn 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
DISALLOWED TOPICS
1Issues based on acute human medical conditions/ disabilitiesSchool for deafblind children, home for elders with sclerosis, rehab centre for war injuriesThese 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
2Underground architectureUnderground 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
3Floating / offshore / underwater architectureOilrig, floating complex, underwater complex, Noah's ArkThese 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