Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Jess Myers

Second Advisor

Ijlal Muzaffar


“Translated Architecture” is an unique psychological implication space that is translated from the spatiality camera language. Its significance lies in the ability to better approach and understand the psychological condition brought by the living environment.

To better understand what the camera language could lead us to, this thesis chooses to take phobias as an entry point to analyze the subtle changes in human psychology under different camera views.phobias like social phobia, Claustrophobia, Agoraphobia on a certain level is a form of mental illness that is related to architectural space. Take Claustrophobia as an example, Claustrophobia is a situational phobia triggered by an irrational and intense fear of tight or crowded spaces. Claustrophobia can be triggered by things like being locked in a windowless room, being stuck in a crowded elevator or driving on a congested highway. It is one of the most common phobias. The question is why and how does space and view impact our mental conditions.

Phobia is subjective. Space is not. Different spaces and different angles to perceive the space will have a decisive impact on our subjective feeling. Movies and Its camera language can facilitate relationships between space, human behavior, and psychology. When we are watching a movie, the use of camera language is an action that is most likely to change our subjective perception.

In this book. I’ll be first showing 5 different camera techniques from different classic movie scenes. Then recreate these scenes using the same enactment in a familiar space. Mostly on RISD campus. And finally there will be diagrams showing how the camera techniques impact on the preexisting space and how the camera techniques could translate into architectural space.


View exhibition online: Ruiqi Zhang, Translated Architecture

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