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THESIS: Architectures of Cultural Transformation

  • The Center for Architecture 403 Northwest 11th Avenue Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

THESIS: Architectures of Cultural Transformation
Portland State University School of Architecture
Exhibition of Master of Architecture Thesis 2011-2016

October 7 - November 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 12, 5pm to 8pm
First Thursday Reception: Thursday, November 4, 5pm-8pm

“Architecture is constructed virtue – or better, it is the Queen of Virtues, as Palladio labeled it on the frontispiece of his treatise – by which humans interact bodily, tectonically, and culturally with a region that they modify to their advantage.” Marco Frascari

The aim of Portland State University's design thesis program is not to rest simply in proposing another building. As the culmination of a graduate architectural education, the design thesis is a singular opportunity for an individual to proclaim a position, state a case, articulate what matters, and communicate this through the language of architecture. Through a combination of rigorous research and creative exploration of a polemical issue framed as a question, our thesis students discover their passion for the contribution architecture can make to the transformation of culture. 

A selection of design thesis books and images representing all six graduating classes of our Master of Architecture program are featured in this exhibition. 

The Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon



Earlier Event: August 17
2015 Portland Architecture Awards
Later Event: October 14
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