Research Methods for Architects (ARCH 627)

Fall 2008

Thursdays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Room 207, Macdonald-Harrington Building

Course Description

This graduate seminar is an intensive course in research methods for students with professional training in architecture. Rather than a survey of current theories or approaches to research, it is a “how to” course in architectural research, leading to a formal conference presentation of your research proposal in December. How do we generate architectural research questions? How does research in architecture differ from that in social sciences, science, or the humanities? Which disciplines hold the most potent lessons for architects? What are our most useful interpretive tools for understanding the built environment? And perhaps most importantly, how do we as architectural researchers use visual evidence to construct our arguments.

This is a demanding course with ten assignments, carefully structured to walk you through the everyday challenges and joys of a career in academic research.


Dr. Jennifer Cousineau's LAAR 651.50 Landscape Architecture Thesis Preparation, City College of New York, and Methods of Inquiry in Architectural Research, ARCH 281, at UC Berkley, were inspirational for this course.

Photo courtesy of Blanche Van Ginkel