The place could range from a street corner to an entire city or state..it must be compelling to you.
Also consider topics that are related to your personal interests as well as your career goals.
Thesis students are required to take Research Design (offered in the fall semester only) and two semesters of Thesis research and writing time (Thesis A and Thesis B). PR students take only one writing course (Professional Report), which must be taken the semester that you graduate.
The range of topics for your PR or thesis is almost unlimited.
A PR or thesis is a great opportunity to learn more about something you care about..it's a great chance to produce a significant, independent body of work to show to potential employers.
Another source for good PR or thesis topics are classes, class projects, and internships.We value the craft that brings ideas into the world; the research that informs criticality, and the compelling stories we tell to share our work.The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) offers six graduate-level Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Design (MDes) degrees and is part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts pathways.Your proposal should: 1) introduce your topic and explain its relevance; 2) specify the questions/hypotheses that will be addressed; 3) delineate the methodology you will use, and explain why it is appropriate to your questions; 4) include a provisional chapter outline; 5) include a research plan and timeline; and, 6) include a source bibliography.Please see the following examples of PR proposals: If you are planning to collect information from people, you must also consider the ways that your research might affect them and plan to mitigate any potential risks to participants.You will (1) describe the broader planning debate/issue/concern that you wish to engage with, (2) describe the specific case AND place that you want to investigate, explaining why this case AND place might illuminate this broader debate/issue/concern in planning, (3) propose tentative research question(s), and (4) explain methods you might want to use.Once you submit your abstract, you will be matched with faculty members who will serve as your readers and help you with the following step: your proposal.Most students choose to write a Professional Report (PR) rather than a thesis.Your decision should be based on: 1) the purpose of the project for you; 2) the types of questions that interest you, and 3) the coursework that comes with each option.Or you can start with a good or bad planning-related situation or case and then contextualize the case within broader debates or bodies of literature.Or (as many students do), start with a place that interests you and develop research questions from there.