Title page for ETD etd-06062012-134811

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McKenrick, Joshua Allen Wright
URN etd-06062012-134811
Title Tempus Schola: A Proposal for the New Jefferson-Houston School
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
Ritter, James William Committee Member
  • Alexandria
  • sun path
  • light
  • school
  • time
Date of Defense 2012-04-30
Availability unrestricted
Time is an ever-present entity that is an incredibly complex yet constant force in the life of each and every one of us. Since earliest history, humanity has attempted to recognize and use the evaluation of time to an advantage, eventually developing time into measurable commodity with determinable value. Beyond the obvious respect of time measurement, the larger concept of ‘time’ and its applications is of value to nearly every discipline. In the case of architecture, we have the ability to manipulate and use time to serve a purpose, whether that be creating a sundial to celebrate time passing or creating a black box to shield us from time’s presence. In most cases though, time is merely a variable to work with to achieve a higher goal.

This thesis looks to reverse this concept and use time and its varying manifestations as the main parameter to drive and develop architecture. In this case, the architecture will take the form

of a school; a perfect example of a program in need of the recognition of time not only for its fluctuating yet ordered schedules and calendars, but also for the conservation and expedient use

of this valuable commodity. Most importantly though, a school provides a significant opportunity to showcase the educational capability that results from the experience in, and the observance of, time itself.

This thesis will produce a design for a Pre-K-through-8th grade school to be located on the site of the existing Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria, VA.

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