Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2021

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr Jeffrey Collins


The Aesthetics of Memory is an exploration into the role that Architecture plays in the Resolution of Trauma and Loss. The thesis explored the various places that Architecture is involved, broad research was done on hospitals, graveyards, and then eventually focused on Memorial Design. Memorials serve a unique purpose; much the same way music organizes our emotions at a visceral level Memorials make tangible the emotions around loss/trauma events. The goal was to leverage this unique capacity of memorials to create a space for “Rolling Loss”. A space dedicated to the universal human experience of Loss, a space where people can interact with their loss regardless of the type. A space dedicated to Collective Action and helping people move through the grief process into a bright future. The emotions around loss are often crippling, the National Memorial of Rolling Loss is dedicated to these emotions. A space dedicated to those caught in the liminal space that we all find ourselves in following a loss or trauma event.

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