Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Malcolm Rio

Second Advisor

Pablo Castillo Luna

Third Advisor

Aaron Tobey


Architects frequently specify toxic materials, like fiberglass insulation, for construction projects, materials they would never touch with bare hands, let alone wear as garments. So why incorporate such harmful substances into our buildings? Atelier Interloper, a nimble fabrication studio, intervenes in job sites and manufacturer waste streams, reclaiming industrial materials that are no longer usable at building scale but are suitable for clothing. The premier collection of garments draws inspiration from workwear and is crafted from industrial materials such as Tyvek and 100% recycled denim insulation. In outfitting the body with these materials, this thesis work brings visibility to substances typically concealed within walls, fostering awareness and education on issues of material health, labor, and general well-being. Though not explicitly designed as workwear, these garments utilize materials with inherent performance properties that provide bodily protection and thermal insulation at a personal scale, offering an alternative to dependence on larger built spaces for shelter. This concept gains significance amidst growing concerns over global material usage, waste, and climate instability.



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