Architecture, College of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



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 Steve Hardy. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2019

Copyright 2019 Paris Akio Mood


The concept of type and typology are at the heart of Architecture. Type is the simple act of drawing similarity and difference between a group of artifacts. Typology, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated. When one engages with typology, they are taking the information they gather from observing the artifacts and transposing it into a new context. Most designers and architects refer to this act as type/typology. The distinction between the two terms is necessary for my work. My work looks at the relationship between these two events. As a collective they are Type Theory.

With the emphasis of my work on Type Theory I set out to see if it was possible to translate type and typology into an open-ended process allowing variation and adaptability to occur.

I looked at the various works to see if I could draw similarity and difference between them. I discovered that similarity and difference do in fact exist but not on the surface level. One must dig beneath the surface and look at the complex logical arguments each of the authors employ.

By looking at the logical operations each author used I was able to put together a catalogue of different operations. These operations appeared to be the essence of a given work. Each author deployed these operations in some combination or another to construct their view of type and typology.

I found that the operations act as a filtering device for our perceptions. And this act of filtering (creating a unique disposition) occurs all over the discourse. Actively changing the way we see and perceive things is just a part of design as it is to know technical skills.

Since the operations are what determine a particular stance on type and typology I could, in theory, explore different combinations of these operations and see what kind of perspective they offer. I have only begun to touch the surface of this methodology.

Supervisor: Steve Hardy