Date of Submission

Spring 5-3-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Primary Advisor

Giovanni Loreto

Secondary Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


The majority of waste that has been used for nuclear power is stored underground in Carlsbad New Mexico. The problem is that deep underground radioactivity of uranium has a half life of 10,000 years, meaning that the site can potentially pose a threat in exposure on radiation if there ever was an event of unintended tampering within the area.

This thesis investigates what it takes to make “timeless architecture” in doing so I will focus on how historically old architectural projects such as the Pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge and the Colosseum. Each precedent has very structures, however I will go into more detail analyzing program, and purpose as I plan on showing the strengths and weaknesses of each project.

Additional aspects to consider is comprehension of use of material and structural durability. Also, develop a thoughtful method in which design can impact safety and confinement in neutral spaces for a durable time.


To my family, I would like to take this moment to thank my parents Billy Ray Powell Jr, and Sheila Powell as well as my sister Brianna Powell and for always loving and supporting me throughout life. Your guidance has made me the person I am today.

To my adviser, Giovanni Loreto, thank you for believing in me and my efforts throughout my thesis. Your guidance and character is something I will always be grateful for.

To my classmates and friends, thank you for all the time we spent together over the years, your support and personalities are forever unforgettable.

Thank you architecture faculty in helping facilitate my dreams.

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