Date of Submission

Spring 5-9-2023

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Michael Carroll


Henry Van de Velde advocated for the German concept, ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ which translates to ‘total work of art’. This concept became popular during the Art Nouveau Movement around the 1890s when architects began utilizing their knowledge of scale to design fashion and other everyday objects like silverware. Though this concept has produced intriguing designs, architects still shy away from design processes that seem ornamental assuming that they will not produce work that is ‘architectural’. The goal of this project is to create an architectural environment by curating designed elements that use a recognizable design language present in fashion and architecture. The main question posed is, “Is architecture architecture without the presence of a body?” This research has shown that a person understands space through their interaction with designed components and rationalizes it based on personal experience. Scale is important in understanding space because it allows a person to imagine the parameters of the [situation]. By curating this moment between fashion and architecture, there is an emphasis on fashion being a highly accessible element for people to understand space and design intent. Without the body there is no architecture, without the body there is no fashion.