Dilemma: Interest in Interior Design, Hospitality Design, Children's
Museum Design, and Historic Preservation.
What is it Charlie Brown hollers when he's frustrated? Augh!!!!!
I don't have a clue what my thesis topic is going to be. I know
it will have a historical focus and be written in a qualitative
method. Although that is very appealing to me, I'll admit that if
I were in a typical Interior Design, masters program, my topics might
come easier. My speciality is hospitality design with special
interests toward the retail and dining environments. I also enjoy
designing spaces for children and think it could be great to
capitalize, somehow, on the talents and specialties within our own
Child Development department Still, I haven't been able to come
up with a workable topic. Classes in Museum and Archives and
Museology have peeked my interests toward museum and exhibit
design with leanings toward design for children's exhibits. And
Historic Preservation has always been a passion of mine. Stan
Hywet may present an opportunity for an internship, and maybe a
"problem in design." I still feel I want to teach Interior Design
at the college level, so I need to slant as much of my coursework that
way, as possible. Project research, interviewing, observing, case
studies can all be
integral steps in a design process. And I do want to do a thesis
rather than a project. - Holli Limbach
To quote the sign on Lucy's sidewalk therapy booth, "The Doctor is IN".
You are ultimately going to have to make a decision, but ... no
pressure here. Typically, graduate students are interested in
everything all at once.
Historic preservation projects will always have to do with some
specific resource, usually buildings, downtown areas, or homes of
historic significance. Sometimes such projects could include a
historic conditions in which an item, artifact or material was
constructed or produced. There'd likely be some chemistry and
physics involved as well when . A project of this kind would
exposition of the process of preserving a particular item or set of
items - from exterior materials to interior paints, papers and
fixtures. The National Trust preserves houses and buildings http://www.nationaltrust.org/
The Advisory Council for Historic Preservation has a wider scope
for preserving national resources at http://www.achp.gov/aboutachp.html
Museum and exhibit design has taken many innovative turns in recent
decades - going from old style displays of artifacts set in cases that
often seem to be
less educational than simply "showing the collection" - to detailed
and print, or recorded, explanations displayed alongside the artifacts
Museums such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. http://www.ushmm.org/ and the
Smithsonian Institution at http://www.si.edu
Or try the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html,
perhaps the best example of well-spent, return-on-your-investment tax
money in all of the U.S. government.
Additionally here, and this is something to really keep in mind for a
thesis, would be the design of a virtual museum on a given
topic. In web site form, this is an excellent way to use
modern technology to illustrate priceless artifacts to anyone with
American Memory http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
is an excellent example of ready access to important documents,
photographs, moving images, sound recordings ... all ready to be
researched by .... people like you.
Many examples - see the WWW Virtual Libraries Museums at http://icom.museum/vlmp/world.html#museums
Carol Gerten Jackson's Virtual Art Museum at http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/ Name
your favorite painter from any
time or country.
The Acropolis Museum at http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21101a/e211aa01.html
The Stamp Museum of Port Louis, Mauritius at http://www.stampsmauritius.com/index.html
The World's Largest Roadsite Attractions at http://www.wlra.us/
The Dead Sociologists' Society at http://www2.pfeiffer.edu/%7Elridener/DSS/DEADSOC.HTML
It is a way to get your research out into the hands of the general
public if that would be your intention.
Just some thoughts until you get a little closer.