Senior Thesis 2022, Radical Pragmatism
Advisors, Cara Libertatore and Evan Farley

Rooms with a Field of View, explores the act of framing, both materially and metaphorically, to bring attention to the lived experience of architecture and its value in the human-altered landscape. Through the use of the photographic and architectural mediums, visual framing creates a dynamic sequence of layers from the interior to the exterior, implying a visually intimate way of connecting architecture with its context. This connection can both locate and disrupt the viewer within their environment, but through the apparent merging of the tectonic and the beyond, they are also able to gain a greater awareness and understanding of the surrounding environment. As the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma suggests, we must reverse our form of perception. Instead of looking at architecture from the outside, we must look at the view from the inside. The architecture must be designed as a frame through which to view the environment.

These efforts suggest the architect’s role is not the maker of static codified and formal objects, but is as a guide for passing eyes; prioritizing direct personal experiences or helping to conduct a series of events; rather than a single fixed entity. The designer can use fragments of events and happenings stemming from autonomous art and architectural studies as a methodology for design. In short: through views alone, the architect can direct experience.