4.0       THE WORK STRUCTURE

The Design Thesis is implemented in a two-stage structure.

4.1       The two-stage Design Thesis:

The Design Thesis is an academic endeavor involving two consecutive stages:

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1The First Stage is called the Pre-Design Thesis Stage (SBA5118)The first stage or Stage 1 is referring to SBA5118 Pre-Design Thesis
2Initial research, studies and brief questionings are carried out during this stage by the students to critically explain the issues and project, as well as developing a design approach and a final project brief, leading to a schematic design. A written documentation in journal format (see handout for details) and preliminary drawings are to be submitted.

A schematic design should imply an attempt towards identifying and developing architectural problem. The least expectation is for the student to engage in a sound architectural problem by demonstrating the possible ways and approaches in providing its architectural solution.
i) Departing from the approved Design Thesis Proposal (DTP) initial research, studies, investigation, inquiry, are carried out during this stage by the students to support the argument and critically explain the architectural issue and proposition that they are venturing into.
ii) Development of a design approach and formulation of the final project brief leading towards a ‘schematic design’ must be clearly apparent.
iii) Question on ‘what’ the author wants to do and ‘why’ he /she wants to do it that way should be approved by their TSP by the 3rd Crit.
iv) The question of ‘where’ should the project be located should be decided and approved by TSP no later than the 4th Crit.
v) Hence, Schematic Design establishes the general scope, conceptual design, scale and relationships among the components of the project. Its primary objective is to arrive at a clearly defined and feasible concept while exploring the most promising alternative design solutions. The author is expected to prepare a series of sketch plans, sections, and elevation, known as schematics, which show the general arrangement of rooms and spaces of the building on the site. Attempts towards understanding the design are made through series of visualization through models and/or illustrations.
+ Synthesis of the study, literature review or research is expressed in a simple and comprehensible diagrams, table, or illustration.
+ Inventory, analysis and synthesis of context with greater emphasis given onto elements that have direct impact on the design and architecture of the project
+ Evolution of conceptual design idea is demonstrated in a serial diagram, images or sketches.
+ Employ relevant means of visual communication as in 2- and 3-dimensional drawings
+ Choreographing the flow of the presentation towards convincing the audience on the design concept and its proposed solution.
+ A schematically developed design should be ready to be further developed into an advance level in the Stage 2 without having to reverse, rethink, or redesign the major thrust and component of the design.
+ All the processes and design activities logically belonged to the Stage 1 should remain at the Stage 1 and must not be brought or extended into the Stage 2.
+ All materials, data or facts obtained from studies, survey, and investigation, and other background or supporting information should be systematically arranged and presented using slide presentation (must not appear in the final presentation drawings).
3The Second Stage is called the Design Thesis Stage (SBA5128).The second stage or Stage 2 is referring to SBA5128 Design Thesis.
4A further design development incorporating detailed decisions regarding final building form, contextual and related technical aspects are done during this stage.

An architectural technical report (see handout for details) and presentation drawings are to be submitted; while a cohesive overall presentation, seamless between Stages 1 and 2 is expected to be observed.
i) Schematic design produced in Stage 1 is to be further developed into a workable architectural solution
ii) Appropriate materials and finishes are carefully assigned to transform and enhance volume and spatial characteristics as expounded in the design concept.
iii) Architectural expression employed a meaningful language explainable through theoretical and contextual framework
iv) Spaces and functions and their integration with support facilities and services are orchestrated towards upholding the design concept.
v) Conforming appropriately to the building codes and relevant rules and regulation relating to human dwelling and habitation.
vi) Working with specialist consultant or expert particularly in infrastructure, structure, mechanical and electrical engineering.
vii) Hence, this Design Development stage establishes completeness and wholeness to the entire design process making the project ready to be carried forward (for Detailed Design Development and finally for actual construction, if it were to be a real project).
+ Materials presented for Stage 1 are summarized, edited, updated and synthesized to form a convincing set of explanation and argument upon which the entire design concept and its proposed solution encapsulated in Stage 2 is based to form a seamless development between the two stages.
+ Employ strategic and most appropriate means of visual communication using 2- and 3-dimensional manual drawings and/or animated or simulated computer drawings and images.
+ Choreographing the flow of the presentation towards winning the opinion of assessors and audience on the design concept and its proposed solution.
+ All materials, data or facts obtained from studies, survey, and investigation, and other background or supporting information should be systematically arranged and presented using slide presentation (must not appear in the final presentation drawings).