Date of Submission

Spring 5-4-2018

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Professor Hashas- Degertekin P.H.D.


This thesis intends to address the increasing challenges the Alzheimer’s disease poses for our growing American population. The research begins by looking at the brain as a combination of components which make up the individual. Following this, the research compiles information on the Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms, followed by an analysis of the built environments effects on the condition.

Through analysis of precedent cases and the combined Alzheimer’s research, I chose to propose an experimental community in which those with Alzheimer’s can live a life with greater autonomy while simultaneously slowing the progression of the disease. I place this community within an urban setting, to allow for ample interaction with non-patients.

The summation of my research brought me to take the stance that through communal architectural intervention, built to include careful triggering of perceptive senses, such as smell, touch, sight, and hearing, the project seeks to evoke cognitive responses, decrease medication dependency, and impart greater inclusion into the lives of Alzheimer’s suffers. This thesis results in my prototypical approach to creating such a community.


Thank you to my family for supporting me,

To my friends for strengthening me,

And to my advisor for guiding me.

Without all of you, this would not be possible.