Title page for ETD etd-05092012-164025

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Richardson, Mark Randall
URN etd-05092012-164025
Title Texas Ranch
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Doan, Patrick A. Committee Member
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member
  • texas
  • ranch
  • stone
  • steel
  • landscape
Date of Defense 2012-04-27
Availability unrestricted
This thesis project came about from a desire to establish a relationship between the built form and the landscape that it inhabits - a ranch in central Texas. I began with a program of a house, stable, horse riding arena, ranch hand living, and various other service buildings. I decided to organize the buildings along a linear spine down a gradual hillside on the property. The limestone block spine walls begin at a wind pump tower which provides well water for horses to drink and bathe in. A clear structural hierarchy exists in the buildings. I was interested in the relationship between the stacking of the walls and making a framework out of wood and steel. Details were resolved with special consideration for the materials and their natural qualities and properties. The project achieves a sense of connection to the site. It brings to light some of the materials, methods, and vernacular practices of the region.
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