Date of Submission

Spring 5-9-2023

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Zamila Karimi


Today, young professionals face increasing debt and uncertainty after graduating, elders aging in place are stuck with homes not suited to their lifestyle, and the rental market is becoming an essential source of income. The Accessory Dwelling Unit represents a solution to these societal issues. ADUs are separate units on the same lot as the primary home while containing full living functions. Space efficiency is paramount; therefore, each facet of the design needs to be multifaceted and reconfigurable. The idea stems from precedents throughout the 20th century, whether Corbusier’s “Machine for Living” to the work of Reyner Banham and Richard Rogers. The latter was simple and adaptable, using pilings to contour to unique site conditions. These examples manifest units must be modular, which means the ability to adapt to the site. This modularity will also interface with aspects of the Southern Vernacular, such as the threshold, the covered porch, and the entry sequence. This thesis proposes designing an accessory dwelling that will be applied to three sites of different scales in the Atlanta area with corresponding demographics. Efficiency will be the focus, from the modularity to the customization of the unit to meet these other site conditions. ADUs will transform single-family neighborhoods with greater density and flexibility for homeowners and renters. The goal is to create a new typology of accessory homes inspired by Southern vernacular while considering future needs.

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