Doug McCord, Faculty Associate in the Design School (left) discusses the progress of a design project with student T K Yoon.
Perhaps the most fulfilling intellectual and creative exercise in the Honors experiences at ASU is the Honors Thesis. The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has specific options for each of our design disciplines. In Architecture, your Honors Thesis is undertaken as an applied design project based upon rigorous and in-depth research. The research that you undertake for APH 492 is applied in your ADE 422/APH 493 studio in the Spring of your Senior Year. You will either integrate your research into one of the faculty-led option Design Studios and work in the studio environment on the faculty-led project, or you will choose to work independently and, basically, write your own studio project and syllabus in the Independent Final Project with a Thesis Director option. Both options are popular and deeply thoughtful ways of exploring ideas and topics that you value and want to know more about. Our job is to guide you through the process and help you to achieve your goals.
"I'm an architecture student in The Design School. For the past year, we have been studying problems with food. My thesis is about creating a new brand of urban agriculture products that uses contemporary consumer culture to influence food behavior."