Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Architecture



First Advisor

Anz, Dr. Craig

Second Advisor

Wessel, Stewart

Third Advisor

Smith, Peter


The structure can be considered the essence of an architectural solution. However, it is often a forgotten aspect of architecture that isn’t always expressed to its highest potential, commonly left hidden within or behind the façade or the interior finishes. The main question was how the two separate fields could be brought together conceptually to create a project that paired out the ideas to build greater conceptual depth and a possible totality of ideas thus forming an architectonic of knowledge. The design and hands-on building aspect of furniture design as well as that of structural building design have both been of great interest. To bring these ideas together, this research and design proposes a place where both could co-exist, a furniture manufacturing facility. Here the ideas of assembly & jointure became the connective concepts between the two. These ideas can also be extended to connect architecture to its surrounding site context. The landscape as a transitional device can be incorporated to have a significant impact on the development of the building and how it interrelates to its contextual surroundings. Architecture can be thought of here as having a sense of being a larger, scaled piece of furniture that is affixed to the landscape and place where it is located. In essence sense, linking the concepts of both furniture and architecture together, the work this project attempts to maintain both a sense of composite structure and of its significant connection to its place as an esthetical expression.




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