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A Design Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor: Jeffrey Day. Lincoln, NE, May 2020

Copyright 2020 Hannah Schafers


This thesis launches itself off the contemporary critique of phenomenology that values subjectivity and places emphasis on the ‘archetypical’ user. Spectators in build space today are just that, seeing architecture as what you bump into while trying to view something else or merely as a culturally framed monument visible by its own significance. Ninety-three percent of our lives revolve around built space, and in particular the interior condition, yet architecture has become a subconscious being of mundane expectations for the occupant. The values of human experience in architecture are sometimes difficult to portray and internalize in their pure form.

Behind Closed Doors is an architecture thesis that utilizes physical model hybridization and narrative to target, evaluate, and convey inter-human relationships in a way that engages the architect at a deeper more emotional level within the work. By diving deeper, we are forced to think beyond the “core and shell” and place focus on the interior of which architects in a lot of cases have given up on. Rather than the building interior being a passive consequence of massing and envelope, the interior is conceived independently critiquing the modernist idea that the interior and exterior must follow the same logic. The vehicle of the work explores the abandoned typology of the motel in which subtle but impactful design shifts are made to provoke new thoughts and experiences allowing us to further understand the contemporary context of sensation.

Under the Supervision of Professor: Jeffrey Day

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