Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Amy Kulper

Second Advisor

Malcolm Rio


Architectural figures are charged with the task of bringing an architectural drawing, rendering, or model to life. They speak to us in ways that other elements of a drawing cannot, or rarely ever do. This is their charge, their vitality, their animacy, which can turn without moment’s notice, from the opening of a projective narrative in the tune of an invitation to live, to the swallowing of this extradimensionality by the overdeterminations of scale, proportion, order. I don’t want to assume that architectural figures serve a completely transparent, banal, self-evident role in architectural representation — the trope of human-as-scale. Instead, I would like to try to read architectural figures as sites of an ineliminable expression, perhaps deliberate and perhaps unconscious, within a given project. Watching out for figures, listening for how they might already be speaking, requires that we take a moment to reflect on the life of the figure — on its various appearances and disappearances.


View exhibition online: David Auerbach, Anybody Home?

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Architecture Commons



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