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Open Access Thesis

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Degree Program


Degree Type

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded



The traditional education consists of teacher and the student and a “space”

where the teacher can give lessons. These spaces might have started as under

the tree moving into outdoors classroom with furniture and then into the

enclosed classrooms (four-walled space with rows of furniture). How can new

spaces unfold the layers of playfulness and haptic experience and utilize them to

enrich early childhood education? This thesis is based on envisioning new

spaces through storytelling. Presented in a series of children books that set-up a

mind frame, which helps to better understand the children needs and

behaviors. The design strategy is to create poetic and haptic spaces through

storytelling and sculpting in imaginative narratives to help children learn and

play in more attuned environments.


First Advisor

Pari Riahi

Second Advisor

Sandy Litchfield