Design Research Methods

The purpose of this seminar is to guide doctoral students in the development and preparation of their research proposals. First, it will expose students to various philosophical theories related to their research areas. Second, it will introduce methodologies and strategies used in architectural research. Third, it will guide students in the development of a literature review and a thesis statement. Finally, it will discuss and critiques the proposed research with faculty advisors and student peers and suggest directions for refinement.The course will involve discussions, lectures, and presentations. Each student is expected to participate in the discussions, critically evaluate relevant theories and research methods, develop a strategic plan, and make a presentation. Out of these presentations and discussions, a detailed research plan for their thesis project should emerge.Instructional MethodologyStudents must complete all written and oral assignments to the instructor\’s satisfaction and actively participate in both the guest directed and student directed discussions in order to pass the seminar.