Undergraduate dissertations in a department of architecture

Ombretta Romice, P.P. Yaneske

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Undergraduate academic writing in a Department of Architecture offers opportunities as well as challenges. To students, it can be a source of independent research and learning, enriching their development as architects and critics of the built environment; at the same time it can be an obstacle, a perceived impediment to design work. To staff, it can be a chance to share their research interest with colleagues and students, so enriching exchange and debate; it can also be time consuming and not clearly relevant to the formation of a professional. This case study argues that a change in attitude towards the objectives of the dissertation, coupled with careful consideration of its curriculum, can enhance the role that undergraduate academic writing plays in a School of Architecture, extending its benefits to the development of research and design agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-15
Number of pages11
JournalCentre for Education in the Built Environment Transactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


  • dissertation
  • curriculum design
  • research methods
  • architecture


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