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Architecture & Urban Design: Getting Started - Research & Writing Basics

The Architecture & Urban Design Research Guide will assist researchers interested in exploring related topics within the field of architecture.

Research & Writing with a focus on Architectural Research

Students of architecture are required, like all researchers engaged in academia, to master research skills and the ability to present their findings in accordance with standard research paper protocol.  The offerings of this page will help guide researches to meet those demands.  In addition, specific works related to research within the field of architecture are featured on this page and the next.

The Research Process in Steps

Research methods generally follow this path but the order of steps is flexible:

  • Choose a topic - browse reference books, databases, circulating book indexes, journals, association websites, etc.
  • Make a list of subject terms related to your topic for literature searching. Look at thesauri in databases.
  • Write an outline of your paper
  • Decide what type of information you will need - supporting, empirical, primary, etc.
  • Consider the format of the information that you will use - print, electronic, video, etc.
  • Conduct a literature search to determine if your topic is feasible to research
  • Organize your information
  • Evaluate the materials that you found - are they relevant, credible, reliable and verifiable?
  • Write the text of your paper
  • Cite your resources
  • Check, check and recheck your writing and citations

Architectural Research Methods in Print at Fordham

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Image cited from: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/dahr (retrieval date 10/12/17)

Writing a Research Paper

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image cited from: https://custom-writing.org/blog/writing-tips/free-research-paper-writing-tips/24613.html (retrieved: 10/12/17)

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  • three possible dates and times for the session (indicate your order of preference)
  • the duration of the session
  • the number of students attending the session
  • for a class, the syllabi and/or the specifics of the research assignment
  • for a program, a general profile of the enrolled students and goal of the orientation
  • the preferred library resources, services, or skills
  • the citation style the students will be using

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Research - Observe / Analyze / Communicate (problem solve...)

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Research - Landscape Architecture

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Books on Research & Writing

Architectural Research Quarterly

Research - Urban Planning

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As author/developer of the Architecture & Urban Design Research Guide I am delighted to offer these links to architectural works in which I appreciate a professional and a personal connection.

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