Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Jade Yang


This architectural exploration studies the transformative evolution of fire watch towers, shifting from their traditional role as fire safety devices to become inviting destinations for hikers and visitors. This paradigm shift not only embraces the functional aspect of fire prevention but also capitalizes on the inherent potential for these structures to serve as unique, inhabitable spaces within the natural landscape. The design philosophy integrates state-of-the-art wildfire detection systems seamlessly into the architectural fabric, establishing a symbiotic relationship between safety and recreation. The incorporation of cutting-edge technologies, such as advanced sensors, satellite imagery, and real-time data analytics, enhances the tower’s primary purpose of early fire detection and prevention. Simultaneously, the architectural transformation focuses on creating an immersive and sustainable experience for visitors. The towers are reimagined as multi-level, habitable spaces that offer panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Informed by principles of eco-friendly design, these structures harmonize with the natural environment. The interiors of the towers are conceived as adaptable spaces, providing amenities for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and tourists. Communal areas and observation decks are strategically distributed throughout the structure, fostering a sense of community and environmental awareness. The exterior design prioritizes aesthetics, blending seamlessly with the landscape while still making a bold architectural statement. The towers serve as beacons of safety and exploration, symbolizing the harmonious coexistence of human intervention and natural resilience. This innovative approach not only transforms fire watch towers into destinations for leisure but also contributes to the preservation of natural ecosystems. By redefining the purpose of these structures, I aim to create a network of sustainable, technology-integrated landmarks that celebrate the beauty of our environment while proactively safeguarding it from the threat of wildfires.

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