Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Daniel Ibanez

Second Advisor

Damian White


The current affordable housing crisis has reached a boiling point. Home prices are increasing at double the rate of wage gains, and almost half of all renters in the United States are considered costburdened (spending 30% or more of their income on rent). There simply isn’t enough affordable housing available to meet the growing demand and people are being priced out. The housing market, as it stands, is in desperate need of re-examination.

Options that better reflect the demographics of growing cities and promote inclusion are of vital importance for a sustainable future.

This directed research project responds to the universal need for thoughtfully designed affordable housing in current urban environments. It examines the often misunderstood SRO (single room occupancy hotel), taking lessons in efficiency and minimal living from this model and pairing it with an understanding of the history and function of other marginal housing typologies, it synthesizes the greatest attributes and re-imagines the performance of housing in general.

By creating a new, inclusive model for collectivity and affordability that emphasizes smallness and togetherness, this typology addresses the issues that have plagued its predecessors and becomes a model for future development.

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