Complexity & Curation

Intricacy & the Individual


Thesis Posters 27x40, ink on paper.

Final Thesis Drawing 1 48 x 96, Ink on Aluminum

Project Site: The Rubenshuis

Thesis Publication, 107 pages  7x 9.5



Everything is formed in the world, it’s impossible for you to do anything in the world that is not already part of the world. That idea seems like a profound question for architecture; “what are the subjectivities that are already part of the world that architecture hasn’t found a place for?” Possibly the answer is the representation of the interstitial space between ideas and the realization of a determinant result.


Buildings that give us more and more information about who we are and how we relate to one another might speak about the adequacy of the contingent self. More so, this thesis is trying to represent contingency in some degree. An architecture’s unity lies not in its destination but in its origin; the architect. To give architecture relevance again, it is necessary to overthrow the myth: the birth of the architect must be at the cost of the death of architecture. Analyzing the individuals who make the architecture as much as the architecture itself, might have a larger effect on the discipline of architecture because of generational circumstances.


The thesis is broken into four parts. First, a list of precedents which are transformed from projects to rooms depending on the type of project and the function of the room. This section focuses on the translation from the meaning or idea of one architecture to another through the medium of drawing. The drawings are attempting to achieve simultaneity in figures and form while still maintaining a relationship to the function of the precedent and the function of a room within the thesis.


Thesis Poster Model 27x40

Thesis Posters 27x40, ink on paper.

Graduate Thesis

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)


Thesis Adviser

Eric Owen Moss


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Second, fourth wall transformations thought the median of film, which is an attempt to transform identifiable characteristics into something different, but still maintaining the idea behind the characteristic. The third part of the thesis is the design of a curated house in Antwerp, Belgium. The proposed site is the home of Peter Paul Rubens, a 17th century painter, who designed and built the house in 1610 based on his experiences as a student. Finally, the fourth part of the thesis is devoted to representing everything that came into contact with the thesis. A collection of breadcrumbs throughout the summer that is presented in a book. Above all else, the investigations presented in the project strives the central question of the thesis: Has digital capacity shifted architecture to complexity and curation; intricacy and the individual?

Translation from poster to site.

Final Thesis Drawing 2 48 x 96, Ink on Aluminum

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