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Architecture Thesis Research (GRAD)

Overview of Architecture

The Architecture Library is a branch of the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame and is located within the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture. The library is comprised of over 36,000 volumes and hundreds of periodicals on the built and planned environment. Collection strengths include classical & traditional architectureAmerican architectureItalian architectureLatin American architectureNew Urbanismsustainable design & planning, and urban planning. The Architecture Library supports the research and instructional needs of the School of Architecture's NAAB-accredited programs including the five-year undergraduate program and its two- and three-year Master of Architecture and Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism programs. 

Graduate Thesis Checklist


Deadline Date

Signatures needed

Thesis Proposal

Fall 2023

Advisor, DGS

Research Meeting with Librarian



First Draft of Thesis Text Feb. 9 Advisor

Tech Packet - Building Systems

Week 8, March 8th

Advisor, Tech Committee

Draft of Thesis Text (PDF)

March 19, 2023

Advisor, DGS

Image Formatting Consultation:

Thesis Image Formatting Best Practices

Optional, but HIGHLY recommended


Bibliography review

 April 9th 


Complete thesis text, without images, for format review (PDF)

April 9th 

DGS, Advisor

3D Model Submitted    

Submission of full thesis with images (PDF)

May 9th 

DGS, Library

Final version (PDF) to Library

May 9th 





Beginning Thesis Research

Once your topic is approved you should set a meeting with the librarian to plan your research and precedent study. The library will help you to acquire materials needed for your project. Precedent study should include location, building type, and programmatic resources. Once a research plan is in place follow these steps:

  1. Search for Books using WorldCat
  2. Search for Articles
  3. Search for Local/Regional Resources
  4. Order Books & Articles
  5. Acquire Maps & Images
  6. Organize Citations