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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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Tornado Safe Homes


Oklahoma is in the middle of Tornado Alley, a name resulting from the large number of tornadoes that hit the region yearly. These storms are costly to life and property.

The housing in Oklahoma is currently not well enough engineered to withstand tornados. This thesis proposes a three stage response combining construction technology and the use of landscape to better protect the homes and residents of Oklahoma.


First Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

Second Advisor

Ray K. Mann