THESIS: Architectures of Cultural Transformation
Portland State University School of Architecture
Exhibition of Master of Architecture Thesis 2011-2016
October 7 - November 4, 2016
“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
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