This kind of dissertation will, at best, provide a useful Literature Review of current research findings [see no.3], or provide the initial study for a Ph D. Keep a track of the referenced page numbers – it is very painful to find them again later on. Playing to our strengths: use images, drawings, maps, surveys and time lines to explain your findings effectively.
We can explain complex ideas through simple drawings (and very large datasets through software such as Tableau). Tell a good story and ensure your dissertation is easy to read.
In the event that you are taking a course in architecture, you will at some point be asked to deliver a strong paper, and present it to your teachers for marking.
Architecture is a mix of art and science that brings us the means of comfortable living, along with inspiration and aesthetic admiration.
Avoid obscure words and complex sentence structures, and always attempt to say more with less. Just because you’ve read a bit of translated Derrida/Foucault/Barthes doesn’t mean you Derrida/Foucault/Barthes or indeed as skilled as they are.
Double spacing and Garamond can also help the reader. A lot of dissertations pretentiously tag on references to these thinkers. Good old fashioned empirical research frequently trumps attempts at grand theory.
If you have questions about the paper requirements, do not hesitate to consult your professor.
It is also recommended to visit him or her to approve your research question.
A good dissertation can easily include 70 citations. How can we possibly design good architecture and understand our world if we do not speak to people and find out how they live, work, be? If you cannot describe your work within a couple of minutes it probably isn’t sufficiently resolved.
Come prepared to tutorials – this will mean sending your tutor a draft of your current work at least one week in advance of the meeting.