Date of Submission

Spring 5-3-2019

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Peter Pittman

Secondary Advisor

Ameen Farooq


My project is to investigate social interaction through design. I am exploring to understand the social discourse between humans and animals. I propose an animal facility which houses adoptable dogs and cats as a method of bridging gaps in social interactions that are a result of the fast-paced media society we now live in. My thesis is an attempt to prove that the notions of architecture, animal and human, are interdependent of one another—that architecture is the vehicle working towards building a new relationship between humans and animals. Our domesticated animals rely on humans but we also lean on our furry friends in times of need forming a co-dependence with one another. I am utilizing Millennial’s love of these pets to create more social connections and even provide stress relief and therapy. This new animal facility seeks to draw the technology generation out of their homes by encouraging visitors to bring their own pets to socialize both the human and the animal while providing much needed interaction with the adoptable pets. Programs such as education, animal training, medical and grooming services, retail, and cafe spaces will be implemented to make this facility a place to dwell. By providing programs which encourage visitors to stay longer, I assert this will result in more adoptions. This facility seeks to create spaces which will bring together all walks of life.

Included in

Architecture Commons