ARCH 563A Research Topics (Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Undergraduate Architecture)

The centerpiece of this course is the relationship to a professor as a research assistant. In this role students have the opportunity to participate in the development of a specialized body of knowledge at an academic level. The class is a way for students to communicate what they are learning to others and in that way to make the work their own.

The requirements for eligible students are:

  • Minimum 60 Credits: Only students of upper junior or senior class standing may enroll in this course.
  • min. GPA -3.0
  • Pre-approval is required by the faculty Researcher and the Research Coordinator for this course prior to registering.
  • Devote 9 hours a week to the project and meet with your professor on a regular basis to review your work.
  • The course may be repeated.
  • Students who have not been approached by a professor should contact the undergraduate advisors and find out if they are eligible.
  • If the student is eligible s/he can email an application email to and state what s/he wants to be engaged with or learn.

The course is structured in the following way:

  • Credits: 3
  • With your professor, develop a Scope of Work, Deliverables and Goals. This should be submitted to the Research Coordinator. If the scope changes over the course of the semester, it should be updated and resubmitted.
  • Journal: Students keep a journal of their work with the professor. This will include documentation of the research and also a brief commentary. Students make at least one entry per week with at least one paragraph of explanation. Students can keep the journal in the form of a blog post so that they can view the other student journals.
  • Midterm presentation: At mid term Students give a short verbal presentation to the other students regarding the research and their assessment of it. The impact and interest the research has on each student will be the focus. Presentations are followed by class discussion.
  • Final presentation: Based on the midterm presentation, students will discuss their work in the form of a panel discussion. The panel participants can consist of just the class, or include the professors. Students both script the discussion questions and moderate the panel.


This is the website of a past course:

Reearch Topics – Fall 2017