Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Brett Schneider

Second Advisor

Shou Jie Eng


This thesis explores the intersection of architecture, tradition, and environmental stewardship through a personal and analytical lens. The narrative begins with a reflection on coastal landscapes, revealing the transformative impact of natural forces and human intervention on the built environment. This evolving scenery serves as a metaphor for the broader discourse on the impermanence of architectural structures and their relationship with nature. The discussion transitions to the historical reliance on natural materials like stone, earth, and timber, which were overshadowed by the advent of concrete and steel. While these modern materials have dominated contemporary architecture, they pose environmental challenges and often lack harmony with their surroundings. The thesis argues for a revival of traditional building practices that inherently respect local environments, cultures, and materials. Using folklore as a conduit, it underscores the importance of embedding geological and cultural histories into design. This perspective is reinforced by examining vernacular architecture, such as Southeast Asian stilt houses, which embody universal themes and local traditions. The thesis imagines that integrating neglected traditional practices with modern design can create innovative, region-specific solutions to contemporary environmental challenges. By embracing global vernacular traditions, it envisions a new architectural paradigm that fosters a profound connection to place, tradition, and environmental sustainability.

Included in

Architecture Commons



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