M.Arch Student Presentations December 4-5

The following Master of Architecture student projects will be presented Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5. All are welcome to attend.


Heather Field @ 2pm
Accessing the Architecture of the Subconscious: a new look at the residential design process through an analysis of a client’s spatial memory.

A critique and revision of current programmatic-based pre-design, a new collection of phases is developed and incorporated into the residential design process that aims to excavate a client’s deeper architectural desires. This new six-phase process is free from examining programmatic needs within a future residence, but instead seeks to first discover the spatial experience that best reflects the client at a subconscious level. The result becomes “the signature” of that client; a set of relationships- a composition of his or her architectural desires- that can then be applied throughout functional space planning.

Ryan Rideout @ 3:30pm
Laminated Light: Developing Luminance in Architecture through Regional Laminated Timber

This thesis explores how new technologies can respond to the ever changing luminance of the Pacific Northwest’s cloud filled atmosphere.  Combining parametric technologies with laminated heavy timber produces a mix-use dwelling that identifies place with structure. Connecting the built environment’s direct light with filtered cloud light opens up a new experience of living and ultimately brings us closer to our natural surroundings.


Steve Schmitz @ 4:30pm

Colton, Washington revisits its historic roots; the memories, people, and functions of a century old building are observed and renewed. The Fraternity Block was once the heart of social gathering in Colton, but today structural issues and accessibility have left the building standing empty. This program delves into the process of outreach and community input that shaped a new design preserving the building for future generations, while addressing the needs of the people today.



Cassie Lang @ 9am
Adaptive Structure: A Prototype for a Flexible Structural System Rethinking

How we currently design buildings by using the main drivers of program and structural capabilities to generate the result of a flexible building. This thesis develops a prototype for a building, using a system of components, in order to create a building which has the opportunity to change and adapt to current and future needs of a given area or larger society.

Arnold Altuna@ 11am
RESILIENT MANGROVE SETTLEMENTS: Utilizing a Generative/Creative Process to Rehabilitate Destroyed Coastal Cities

November 8th, 2013, the Philippines was hit by one of the largest storms ever recorded. Storm surges, torrential rain, and coastal flooding devastated cities and provinces throughout the Philippines. This thesis address the impact of natural disasters on coastlines & its community by establishing a generative coastal protection prototype which will stabilize coastlines, revive natural ecosystems, and preserve coastal communities.

Romeo Canada @ 12:30pm
Living Stadiums

This thesis addresses the impact World Cup stadiums have on countries, as FIFA’s requirements for new and renovated “state of the art” stadiums cost countries billions and displaces thousands away from their homes. These stadiums become a burden due to the inability to fill their capacity after the month long tournament has ended and ultimately become a waste of space (white elephants). Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa is analyzed and retrofitted to bring back the people that were relocated to Blikkiesdrop due to the construction of Cape Town Stadium and the World Cup. Blikkiesdrop is a site located 14 miles east of Cape Town Stadium as it was meant to be temporary housing and now known as one of Cape Town’s informal settlements and described as a concentration camp by its residents. This thesis looks at the potential Cape Town Stadium has to be retrofitted, offering better living conditions, community, and a sense of place.

Josh Thomson @ 2pm
Infiltrating | Habitat: ecological rainwater management | water + shelter cohabitation

Water is synonymous with life, yet we abuse it; collected and detained, contaminants accrue as it runs across impervious surfaces and subterranean networks.  The answer is found in nature’s model for managing runoff through absorption, infiltration and evapotranspiration.  This not only reduces pollutants but ebbs the overflowing combined sewers from polluting our water ways.  This case study takes an unused site adjacent a busy urban thoroughfare and combines two current municipal projects; one of which is a park upgrade, the other an underground stormwater storage tank. These projects are symptom based approaches and do not harness the potential power of community to influence our local ecologies.  By exposing visitors to three experiences the designer hopes to enable an awareness that spurs greater responsibility and ownership of local ecologies and rainwater runoff.  These experiences expose the ugly truth of pollution from runoff, embodies and illustrates the movement of water across the land and makes evident the solution of infiltration in harmony with habitat.

Gerardo Gonzalez @ 3:30pm
POLY ENTRY– A PLACE FOR MANY: Re-thinking the house hold structure: an alternative to communal living and ways of inhabiting space

A design that delivers an communitarian ideal that puts aside traditional divisions in domestic design; offering a framework that reconsiders the way we are designing collective environments in relation to identifying the non-monogamous culture.