As a rule, the Master students chose the subject for their final Master thesis on their own, proving that they are capable of finding and defining relevant themes in current landscape architecture independently. If you choose to start your Master thesis at the LAI unter the supervision of Professor Weilacher, please follow these steps:
A. Talk to other students, currently working on their Master thesis at the LAI, to learn more about their experiences with the coach you would like to work with.
B. Check out, if you have fulfilled all administrative requirements to start your thesis (minimum credits etc.)
C. Contact your professor early enough and discuss with him, if your chosen subject is generally suited for a final thesis and if he has approriate capacities to work with you. Good projects are always related to a relevant current theoretical question in international landscape architecture.
D. Write an exposé about your project and send it early enough before your next meeting to the professor. This exposé is the basis for the start of your thesis. It should consist of the following parts:
- Introduction to your project
- Portrait of your site in words, images and plans
- Precise formulation of the key problem for your thesis, with 3 to 5 important key assumptions (hypotheses!)
- Precise aim of your work (very important!)
- Planned table of content for the written report
- Time schedule (weeks)
- Planned scope of final work (as precisely as possible: how many plans? formats? scales? model? report? etc. etc.)
- Literature sighted so far
- Projects finished so far in your study
The exposé is important for you in order to plan your workload and in order to set the aim of your work as clearly as possible. As soon as the professor has agreed upon your exposé, you have 6 months to finish your final project.
... and at the end of your thesis:
E. Please hand in all original plans and your written report at the closing date. Hand in your written report in 3 copies: 1 copy for the library and 2 copies for your coaches. The size of the report should be in A4 upright format. All final plans shall be included in the report in miniature versions. Also include photos of your model in the report. Please brimg your model to the final presentation. Please save all files on a CD and put it in the written report booklet. Write a summary of your project (max. 2 pages A4) and put it as a seperate PDF-file on your CD.
F. Arrange a date for your final presentation and the final interview with the professor in charge and make sure this date is noted in the calender at the secretary of the LAI.
G. The final presentation of your work takes 45 minutes: 20 minutes to present your project and 25 minutes for the discussion with the audience. Please keep an eye on an professional presentation performance.
H. In a final interview with the professor you will have a chance to talk about your work once more in detail and you will get your grade.
If you should have any further questions, please conatact directly Professor Dr. Udo Weilacher.
Good luck with your final project!