Date of Submission

Spring 5-4-2020

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Tim Frank


Many buildings around us use the same ubiquitous boundary materials that fall short in directly influencing the disposition of the space it defines. There are many different opportunities to explore myriad material compositions to present the ambient qualities of space in a manner the puts the constructed boundary to the task to acclimatize the interior it envelopes. This thesis will explore a series of material compositions, with a focus on natural light, and how the articulation of the spatial boundary can bring out the strong qualities of daylight for visually sensitive activities. With this exploration, I will examine ways to define the contained ambient daylight through the nuances of the material boundary itself, developing and testing the possibilities made possible by careful material selection and composition. By exploring these different material assemblages, it will contribute to the boundary – space dialog, expanding the possibilities with careful experimentation using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. It also brings an increased awareness of how building materials can contribute to the intensive shaping of interior environments without the use of high-grade energy sources.