Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Amelyn NG

Second Advisor

Debbie Chen


Rooted in the belief that architecture should transcend mere functionality and embrace the realms of emotional profundity, experiential richness, spiritual resonance, and poetic expression, this thesis aims to evoke potent emotional and spiritual connections within the human psyche. My thesis, taking advantage of ritual practice, employs an architectural perspective to examine the temporal and spatial aspects, utilizing ritual practice as a design gesture to generate a platform for social relationships outside the existing community.

Focusing on the Chinese diaspora communities in Providence, my thesis reimages the long-lost Chinatown of Providence and design both ephemeral and enduring architecture with scenes of spring festival rituals to create an inclusive environment for both local residents and the Chinese Diaspora. This approach aims to cultivate a renewed collective memory and cultural continuity, while simultaneously facilitating meaningful communal experiences and revitalizes cultural heritage.


View exhibition online: Wenjie Wang, Ritual as Design Gesture



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