Date of Submission

Spring 5-9-2023

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Michael Carroll


The present goal as a designer is to create a very thoughtful building that presents itself as a visual identity for our built environment. One of the intentions of the design is to not impact more into the co2 emissions. With 40 percent of the 75 percent annual global Greenhouse emissions coming from building operations, (Architecture 2030), we as designers must shift from a formal to a performance-based architecture. An architecture that instinctively addresses reduced energy consumption and therefore lower CO2 emissions through the integration of passive design strategies. In order to compete in a future with CO2 reduction, we must address building performance. This thesis will examine origami’s folding techniques and its kinetic potential within the integration of an architectural façade system. The goal is to create a climate responsive façade system that negates the use of energy while providing a better building performance. Some questions will arise such as can origami provide the necessary performance of architecture both visually and technically? Or can an origami inspired screening device be designed to kinetically shade a building and therefore decrease its energy consumption and inherently not affect CO2 emissions? My thesis will examine the multiple typologies and uses of origami with a degree of complexity. Initial experiments will address solar gain and daylighting, other experiments will address issues such as human comfort and visual appearance. These performances will then help guide us to innovative architectural solutions that question the typical design process. The result of the thesis will be a scaled origami system that will then be employed in a design project and ultimately be applied to real world applications.