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Architecture Thesis Research

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

September 16

Advisor, DGS

Research Meeting with Librarian

January 30


Tech Packet - Building Systems Drawings

March 6

Advisor, Tech Committee

Draft of Thesis Text (PDF)

March 17

Advisor, DGS

Image Formatting Consultation:

Thesis Image Formatting Best Practices

Optional, but HIGHLY recommended


Bibliography review

April 4


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

April 6


Submission of full thesis with images (PDF)

May 7

DGS, Library

Final version (PDF) to Library

May 14


Thesis book sent to binding company with receipt sent to Dept.

May 14


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