Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Jeffrey Collins


This thesis explores the transformative potential of van conversions into sustainable living spaces through the integration of spatial operations, efficient design, and renewable technologies. By examining various case studies and employing design experiments, the research investigates how space optimization, energy efficiency, and minimalist design can contribute to a lifestyle that is both eco-conscious and adaptable. The study focuses on the design and build process of converting a Ford Transit into a full-time, livable space of 100 square feet that incorporates advanced movement mechanisms, such as telescopic furniture and pivot-rotation elements, to maximize the utility of every inch. The van conversion demonstrates how spatial operations can enhance livability without compromising environmental integrity, highlighting the significant role of sustainable practices in mobile living solutions. The findings suggest that such integrations not only reduce carbon footprints and energy consumption but also promote a minimalist lifestyle that can lead to greater life satisfaction and a deeper connection to environmental values. This research contributes to a growing body of knowledge in sustainable urban design and provides practical insights into eco-nomadic living that can be applied broadly in efforts to alleviate urban housing crises and promote environmental sustainability.