Title page for ETD etd-03192008-125518

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Mendoza, Hector
Author's Email Address hmendoza@vt.edu
URN etd-03192008-125518
Title An Architecture of Light: A Catholic Church for Blacksburg, Virginia.
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Cortes, Mario C. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
  • Structure
  • Light
  • Catholic Church
  • Cast-in-place concrete
Date of Defense 2008-01-31
Availability unrestricted
This thesis is an investigation on how in architecture structure and material modulate the perception of light. This idea was implemented in the design of a catholic church for the parish of Blacksburg,Virginia.

The vision of the church as a community in constant interaction resulted in the design of a complex, in which the chapel is accompanied by a pre-school and a third building containing facilities for the administration of the parish and the residence for the priest. The plaza on which all the buildings have been arranged allows the opportunity for outdoor activities, as well as the contemplation of the beautiful ever-changing views of the mountains that surround the church. The difference in the nature of the activities that take place in each one of the buildings has been expressed through the way structure and materials interact with the natural light producing a distinctive interior quality.

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