Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Professor Farooq


Welcome to St. Croix USVI, an island of beauty and wonder, filled with rich history and splendor. The question posed throughout the thesis is – how can Architecture be used to preserve the history and culture of St. Croix?

This thesis proposes the development of a cultural heritage park based on the culture of St. Croix, USVI. The park's primary goal is to preserve the island's cultural heritage while providing an immersive and educational experience for tourists and locals alike. Using interactive exhibits (VR), performances, and hands-on activities, visitors will gain the opportunity to learn about the island's history, music, dance, and food. Topics explored throughout the thesis are Critical Regionalism, placed based Architecture and preserving the identity of place.

The thesis argues that the park can catalyze cultural tourism on the island. The park's impact on the local community is also a significant factor – with a focus on economic development. Attracting visitors can impact revenue and aid in supporting local businesses.

My thesis begins by examining the cultural significance of St. Croix and its heritage. It further analyzes successful cultural theme parks and exhibits worldwide, drawing inspiration from their program and design.

The thesis proposes an innovative approach to cultural preservation and tourism development in St. Croix. By creating an engaging piece of Architecture, the island can showcase its history while providing memorable experiences for visitors and locals. Moreover, this will promote economic growth and community development, a life cycle that the people of St. Croix deserve.

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