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Ian E

- Research Program Mentor

MArch Master of Architecture candidate


Architecture, Fashion, Product Design, Industrial Design, Augemented Reality, Virtual Reality, Extended Reality

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Design a new building for your city!

What challenges does your city face? Housing, healthcare, gentrification, public policy, recreation, racism, education, technology, design, climate change? Many of these concerns are integrally related to architecture and can either be worsened or improved by the buildings and the infrastructure that surrounds you. In this project, you will use your own immediate surroundings as a way of investigating the unique challenges faced by your area both now and in the future. The process of identifying these problems will help improve your skills in research, critical design thinking, and futurist speculation. Perhaps most importantly, this project will force you to formulate a tight “how might we” research question that strictly defines the scope of your work and interests. This determining question will then be paired with a desired project outcome that directly addresses the question. In this second phase, your initial research will be deployed towards a specific format of outcome that will give you the opportunity to learn new hard skills such as 3d software design, Augmented reality filter creation, speculative mapping, or academic writing. For example: How might a new city bill address the effects of climate change in our downtown? Outcome: Research paper + public policy proposal How might a new STEM building in our high school improve students’ technical literacy? Outcome: Building design in 3d software How might we improve public awareness of the architectural legacies of racism in our city through social media? Outcome: Instagram AR filter How might we visualize the economic and population shifts happening in our county to better plan for new development? Outcome: Speculative Map

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