Title page for ETD etd-02252000-16290057

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McCullough, Julie Graham
Author's Email Address jmccullo@vt.edu
URN etd-02252000-16290057
Title perspective: design of Cascades visitors' center
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Davis, Albert Jack Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
  • bridge
  • structure
  • printmaking
  • stair
  • context
  • photography
Date of Defense 2000-02-11
Availability unrestricted
Consider the construction of a perspective drawing. The perspective is made by drawing lines between a point of origin and several focal points. A series of lines connect the focal points to one another. The culmination of lines drawn from origin to focal point and focal point to focal point describes a place. The perspective is a view, or window into this place. The relationship of these three elements - the origin, focal points, and view - is analogous to the development of a architectural project.

The origin is a point of beginning. Each architect brings a set of experiences and ideas to the project. The project springs from the architects’ knowledge and ideals. The focal points involve the design development of a project. They relate to the areas of study and discovery for the project. Some foci are specific to a site or program. Some foci further investigate design intentions and how they relate to a given program. The links between foci create a place. Each drawing or description of this place is a view into the project. This thesis outlines the origins, focal points and views of a design for a visitors’ center located in southwestern Virginia.

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