Architecture, College of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-29-2019

Document Type



Kunz, Ben. Architecture in Neoliberalism. Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture, 2019.


A Design Thesis Project Presented to the Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Masters of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Marc Maxey. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2019

Copyright 2019 Ben J. Kunz


Neoliberalism, as a form of capitalism that redistributes wealth to existing accumulations of money, has reorganized our society around market relations resulting in extreme inequality. Architecture has been both captive and complicit in this process because it relies on the largess of its clients who benefit most from the process of neoliberalization. We must dissolve the dogma of architectural practice, and become free entrepreneurial operators in a neoliberal society with architecture as a core skill set, able to operate on risk and its dimensions of time, space, and money without the servitude to our risk ordered professional relationships in order to deploy active forms that dismantle neoliberalism from within. The project explores new models of architectural practice that constitute greater agency than the standard client service model as a point of departure to devise a series of projects representing deployable active forms that drive wedges in the cracks of neoliberalism. The project aims to contribute to an architecture of and against neoliberalism amongst an interdisciplinary resistance.