The independent character of a student's abilities that is developed through his or her personal trajectory through the advanced options studios is demonstrated and tested through the Degree Project. Through the Degree Project, all students in their final semester in the professional degree programs have the opportunity to test and challenge their capacity to initiate and develop design proposals and to carry through a design project they have formulated independently. This intensity is accomplished by maintaining 10 students for every faculty member.
This final Degree Project consists of two parts. The first is a preparatory phase in the penultimate semester, during which students take the class Design Thinking. Their goal for that semester is to establish a conceptual framework for their proposal, to formulate a program, to select a site, and to establish a material and/or spatial desire for their work in the final semester. The students produce a book that documents their site and program but, as importantly, conveys both the conceptual and the architectural frameworks for their projects.
The second part consists of a design studio in the student's final semester in which the project considered in Design Thinking is undertaken. Degree Project students work under the leadership of designated Degree Project faculty. Technical reviews begin just after mid-semester, with students developing a critical section of their projects for this review. The ultimate goal is for each student to develop clear design principles, strong technical
resources, and an independent, critical position relative to other contemporary practices
on the making of architecture in the world. Final reviews with invited guest critics from
around the country are held to evaluate each student's work.
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Degree Project, Spring 2012
Degree Project, Fall 2011
Degree Project, Spring 2011
Degree Project, Fall 2010
Degree Project, Spring 2010
Degree Project, Fall 2009
Degree Project, Spring 2009
Degree Project, Fall 2008