Title page for ETD etd-052799-211018

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Henderson, James M.
URN etd-052799-211018
Title Architecture for the Imagination A Study of an Elementary Educational Environment
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brown, William W. Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
  • architecture
  • scale
  • elementary
  • school
Date of Defense 1999-04-30
Availability unrestricted
This thesis seeks to create an environment that encourages the learning process by

addressing issues of emotional and physical well-being. The concept implies that success

in learning can be linked to the environment of an elementary school. The building does

not have to teach by itself, but merely facilitate the learning process through the making

of a comfortable environment. Designing an elementary school demands that the

architect look at the world through the eyes of a child. If the architect considers the

scale of the building, both in terms of size and perception, the school becomes an oasis

of security for the child that inspires intellectual growth. By integrating environmental

design issues that are traditionally ignored in contemporary schools, like natural

ventilation or daylighting, the school becomes less of an institution and more like a home.

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