Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2023

Document Type



College of Visual and Performing Arts

Degree Program

Fine Arts

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Thesis Advisor

Shaun Cassidy, M.V.A

Committee Member

Stephanie Sutton, M.F.A

Committee Member

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A


Biomimicry, Architecture, Environmentalism, Climate change, Industrialization, Sustainability

Committee Member

Alice Burmeister, Ph.D.


Humans exist among an intertwined series of ecosystems and environments. As a species, we curate the spaces, these environments, that surround us to suit our internalized visions of the world. While such curation is not inherently negative, humanity’s industrial process of constructing our visions is not always handled with sustainable methods. This paper analyzes my creative work through the framework of architecture’s role in climate change and human impact, highlighting past and present building practices. Solutions for future practices will also be considered, specifically targeting the questions of construction material, building function, and repurposing of older buildings to achieve a net zero and energy positive future. Within my artistic work, I craft installations and sculptural pieces inspired by architecture and humanity’s conflict with nature to translate my research into an accessible, three-dimensional format. This work culminates into my thesis exhibition, Biodive, comprised of both installation and sculptural works inspired by architectural frames, constructed from manmade and organic materials. My thesis exhibition draws inspiration from biomimicry, bioutilization, and biomorphism while addressing the planet’s current environmental situation. If the climate-related warning signs from our planet are not heeded, and our practices remain unchanged, then the consequences of our actions will become irreversible and projected solutions will not be enough to save our species.

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