What students should or should not have for the Design Thesis (DT):

1Architectural Design CompetencyThe DT should provide the broadest opportunity for the author to demonstrate his/her architectural design prowess to the fullest.Widening the DT to other area of concern or interest that goes beyond the emphasis of architectural designAnything other than those listed in items 2 to 9.A definite YES.
2Architecture for the PeopleThe architecture must have direct benefits and impact to the peopleUnmanned building or station.Nuclear power plant.A definite NO.
3Highly engineering-biasedIntensity of design is largely centred on structural engineering or mechanical engineering to the extant that it renders architectural design to an insignificant level.Infrastructural projects or any projects that demands highly specialized knowledge beyond the capability of a single consultant let alone to be resolved within the author’s knowledge and ability as an undergraduate candidate.Noah Ark. Space station. Water treatment plant.YES, under some specific circumstances; but most probably NO in most cases.
4Building system buildingDesigning a system more than producing the architecture.Project that deals with development of building component, modularity, and system building that gives intense emphasis on manufacturing process of parts and component for factory production such as for the purpose of standardized mass housing development.Portable tent for emergency settlement.YES, under some specific circumstances; but a most probably NO in most cases.
5Product designSome architectural design may deal with issue of evolving, moving or impermanent form and spaces that could engage in aspects of extendibility, portability, transportability, or expandability.Serious concern is given to the possibility and tendency of design as it could be easily driven towards dealing with intense industrial parts and components of the project.Floor, walls and roof system for low-cost housing.YES, under some specific circumstances; but a most probably NO in most cases.
6Virtual designUse of digital and cyber means made possible by computer application and technology to create architecture.Architectural design at most of the time deals with issue and problem relating to human living and behaviour bounded within the boundary of time, space and form manifested in material being, physical existence and tangible expression.Architecture for second life environmentA definite NO.
7Less is noneUnder the name of the protection of cultural heritage level of intervention in a conservation-related project may end up with pure preservation which would mean doing as little as possible to the physical fabric of the place.Architectural conservation project that calls for intense and complex juxtaposition between the need to respect the existing and to express the new possibility to create a harmonious whole is considered a positive design challenges.Preservation of Lembah Bujang Historic Remains.Subject to convincing argument on the level of design intervention.
8Issue-based design ideaDesign intention may be derived from issue or issues generated from politics, economy, social, cultural, and environmental background and phenomenon. However, the issue or issues must be translated into an architectural issue that can be dealt with architecturally and resolved by means of producing a significant architectural design.A Monkey School.
Orang utan Sanctuary
Subject to convincing argument on the level of architectural solution.
9Beyond boundariesThe task and challenges are too overwhelming demanding interdisciplinary knowledge in many aspects that goes beyond architecture.Issue or project that most of it would likely end with massive urban or site planning and landscape exercises.A masterplan for KajangPreferably NO.