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Master of Architecture Thesis Presentations 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 5:00pm
Master of Architecture Thesis Presentations 2019

The Master of Architecture degree at Portland State University culminates in the design thesis, which is undertaken in the final year of this program. The aim of our design thesis program is not to rest simply in proposing another building. Instead, it offers a singular opportunity for an individual to proclaim a position, state a case, articulate what matters, and communicate this through the language of architecture. 

Through a combination of rigorous research and creative exploration of a polemical issue framed as a question, students in the thesis phase of their Master of Architecture degree discover their passion for the contribution architecture can make to the transformation of culture. The response to this question is developed and shared in the form of hand and digital drawings, material studies, scale models, artifacts, and writing, which are presented by the student to a panel of resident and visiting faculty and professionals in an hour-long oral defense. Every student also compiles their thesis research and design process in a professionally printed book.