Architecture, College of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2019

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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 Master of Architecture. Major: Architecture. Under the Supervision of Professor Ellen Donnelly. Lincoln, Nebraska May 2019

Copyright 2019 Hilary Wiese


This thesis “Agnosia, a parallel history of the figures of the infra-ordinary” explores the contemporary possibilities for architecture to be critical as well as projective, to formulate a position while learning from the past, to provoke the present with the hope to liberate the future.

The critical positioning that the work engages with is feminism in architecture, women’s under-recognized voices in the making of modern architectural history and how their contributions should be studied to cultivate new contemporary perspectives in architecture practices and architectural pedagogy.

Formulated through text, narratives, poems, research but also total installations, object making, movie making and drawing, the thesis engages with the idea of experimentation (constant search for new means of expression, form, space, movements, and practice within architecture), its historical importance for emancipation and its potential for rethinking education.

Through the act of experimenting and engaging with the critical position of women’s overlooked contributions, this thesis uses speculative research to create a feminist narrative of women focusing on methodological activation of emancipatory ideas and practices to reshape their shared spaces through subversions of their gender counterpart’s iconic symbols and the empowerment of a theory of rooms.

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