The Matter Space Structure master’s thesis is a direction for graduating students in ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN with the ambition to build knowledge and develop skills through their curiously experimental, yet clearly structured research motivated thesis projects.
Consequently, the thesis projects are PRACTICE BASED, grounded on the bulk of works from each student’s artistic experiments and scientific investigations.
The design process is driven by an ITERATIVE METHODOLOGY, constantly pushing the boundaries of the architect’s toolbox and approaches, particularly in the critical representations of advanced material properties and complex spatial sequences.
The thesis projects contributes to an EXPLORATORY DISCOURSE that celebrates architecture as a proposal making discipline, actively producing new knowledge and vital awareness, actively responding to the urgent problems of our current world.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
While our direction encourage open-ended and personally motivated thesis projects, the tools and approaches we apply are clearly structured and reflected in the time-plan.
The design process is typically divided in five seminar with about three to four weeks in between.
THE PROJECT-PLAN seminar is the first presentation where we critically scrutinize each students plan, commenting the initial project material, clarifying the discourse, keeping the methodology specific, and the time plan realistic.
THE MOCK-UP seminar will follow after about a week where each student are expected to present a rough outline, the mock-up, of their intended final board in scale 1:2. Since we work in the format, the students will bring their revised mock-up boards to each tutorial and seminar, gradually evolving their presentation.
THE REPRESENTATIONS seminar will be coordinated with the midterm seminars where the students present the core content of their projects. Emphasis is placed on how to show the current state of the thesis project in drawings, models and other relevant representations. In the seminar we will challenge conventions and search for novel performances and interfaces, often in the hybrid techniques between the digital and the analogue.
THE DRESS-REHEARSAL seminar is a test presentation of the final project that will take place about three and four weeks before the final seminar. It will be presented on a board in full scale and as complete as possible, accompanied by a table of working models and a dummy of the booklet. At the dress rehearsal the student will get a specific feed-back and a clear indication of the examinator’s expected assessment of the project.
THE FINAL SEMINAR is the actual examination for the professional master’s degree in architectural design. The seminar is joined by an invited juror, headed by the exminator and tutor, and attended by the collective of teachers from the MSS master’s thesis direction. After all the students have presented their projects and the final seminar has been completed, the students will then receive their grades. Only the students who have succeeded the final seminar will then be able to present their projects at the subsequent open seminar.
Morten Lund (examiner)