Undergraduate Research in Architecture: A Guide for Students supplies tools for scaffolding research skills, with examples of undergraduate research activities and case studies on projects in the various areas of architecture study. Undergraduate research has become a common degree requirement in some disciplines and is growing rapidly. Many undergraduate activities in music have components that could be combined into compelling undergraduate research projects, either in the required curriculum, as part of existing courses, or in capstone courses centered on undergraduate research.
Following an overview chapter, the next seven chapters cover research skills including literature reviews, choosing topics, formulating questions, citing sources, disseminating results, and working with data and human subjects. A wide variety of sub-disciplines follow in the remaining chapters, with sample project ideas from each as well as undergraduate research conference abstracts. The final chapter is an annotated guide to online resources. Included are some inspirational quotations concerning architecture’s commitment to research, and some examples of professional research that support the focus of the chapter. All chapters end with relevant questions for discussion.
Table of Contents
1. Overview / 2. Literature Reviews / 3. Choosing Topics and Formulating Appropriate Research Questions or Project Goals / 4. Working with Human Subjects / 5. Collecting Data and Carrying Out Arts Research / 6. Analyzing and Synthesizing Data / 7. Citing Sources / 8. Dissemination of Results / 9. Form Is Knowledge: Design as Research / 10. Material Assembly and Structure / 11. Architecture and the Sustainable Environment / 12. Architecture and History / 13. Engagement: Architecture and Society / 14. Architecture and Urban Design / 15. Architecture and the Profession / 16. Online Resources
D. Andrew Vernooy FAIA is the former Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University and former partner in the Architecture Firm of Black + Vernooy. Vernooy is a member of the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects.
Jenny Olin Shanahan is Assistant Provost for High Impact Practices at Bridgewater State University, with leadership positions in the Council for Undergraduate Research.
Gregory Young is Professor of Music at Montana State University and has held ongoing posts in conferences in undergraduate research and in curriculum development.