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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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Tiny-House, Modular, Warehouse, Mill-Building, Residential, Live-Work


This thesis is an exploration of how small independent residential units added one at a time can offer old buildings and the cities they are in the opportunity to gradually grow and change – in a way that isn’t presented by the typical double-loaded corridor build-out.

The first component of this exploration is a modular unit that can be brought into existing buildings and assembled in a flexible layout. This House acts as a ‘Core’ that provides basic shelter, warmth, and a place to sleep and prepare food; the density of this unit allows the surrounding square footage to be used for other activities: kids playing, welding a project, or setting up easels for painting.

The second part of this exploration is a pattern-based approach to the interaction of these units within the building: given certain rules that govern arrangement what are some possible spatial outcomes?


First Advisor

Sigrid Miller Pollin

Second Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

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