Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2021

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Giovanni Loreto


This thesis takes a look at the basic understanding of structure as expressed in nature in the form of the catenary curve. This curve produces a funicular structure in response to gravitational loads. When inverted, this tension-based cable becomes an optimized arch in compression. This FORM as a result of gravity is the basis on which any material can be used to make a space. Understanding spatial qualities and expression of structure, the psychology component is embedded, along with the secondary structure, as a design component that can be dialed in to produce a spatial quality that, in theory, should result in an emotional response from individuals. By paring this structural design methodology, we can design architecture that directly reinforces the programmatic activity with spatial qualities rooted in the most important aspect of any design, structural integrity. As a result, the aim is to bring a new understanding of the use of structure and bringing a deeper understanding of spatial qualities to the field of architecture.

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Architecture Commons