Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Jonathan Knowles

Second Advisor

Emanuel Admassu


Buildings are designed for a specific purpose. A library has large open rooms to accommodate bookshelves, schools have classrooms and auditoriums for groups of students, businesses have offices and conference rooms, homes have bedrooms and living rooms, and so on. In each situation, conventional architecture would start by establishing the boundaries of the site, defining the 2 dimensional floor plan, and then introduce other secondary aspects, such as circulation & light, which eventually create a coherent and cohesive 3 dimensional space.

In my thesis I wanted to explore the reverse process to emphasize the importance of light. I wanted to define the space using light as a 3 dimensional medium, which would create the volumes for my programs.

Light is not as stationary as the established boundaries of a site. It’s moves with time and changes intensity throughout the day and can be used as a tool to choreograph the user’s ephemeral experience as they navigate through the site. Just as light adapts to different surfaces, this design methodology can be adapted to different sites.

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Architecture Commons



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