Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master in Interior Architecture


Interior Architecture

First Advisor

Julia Bernert

Second Advisor

Francesca Liuni


When it comes to architecture, the layout and concept of most residential designs have remained the same as centuries ago. There has been this unspoken rule that there’s always someone, the woman, who is staying home to take care of children and the house while the man is outside providing for his family.

While this practice has been outdated for many decades in most countries, most societies lack suitable housing and childcare support for single women or widows. When these women cannot find a space that allows them to do both affordably, many women have no other option than stay in poorly constructed housing and not work to be able to raise their children.

This thesis proposes a reconfiguration of a Caravanserai, an abandoned historic architecture in Isfahan, Iran. Once used as shelter for travelers along the Silk Road, the re-adaptation of this structure as a residence and workplace for single women and widows bestows upon this landmark a re-imagining of Persian architectural tradition while addressing a social issue. By implementing elements such as light, textiles and pattern design to soften the edges of this imposing structure, once associated with political and masculine power and trade, the design concept and layout offers both practical and symbolic empowerment for disenfranchised women.



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