Title page for ETD etd-082099-234618

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Simino, Sarah
URN etd-082099-234618
Title Thoughts on Architecture...
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Chair
Davis, Albert Jack Committee Member
Pittman, V. Hunter Committee Member
  • Photography
  • Structure
  • Multi-functional elements
  • Urban context
  • Enclosure
Date of Defense 1999-07-30
Availability unrestricted
Architecture is more than mere building. Architecture is a process involving the study, observation, and solution of aesthetic and pragmatic problems. The act of building solves the pragmatic questions, but it is the architect's intellectual commitment and line of inquiry that ultimately produces architecture.

This inquiry provided the opportunity to develop and elaborate a position on the thinking and making of architecture. The study of the urban condition, structure, enclosure, multi-functional elements and photography became a base of knowledge from which to begin. The range of ideas presented were the result of a line of inquiry that became this thesis.

Quality is not inherent in an object. It must be expressed through the ideas by which it was created. In the same respect, this project does not represent the concepts, it presents them.

"...the first imperative is to gain the critical knowledge that will permit the choice of the coordinates within which his or her career will develop; these are the coordinates to which his or her buildings will refer." Raphael Moneo

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