Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Michael White

Second Advisor

Khanh Hoa Thi Vo

Third Advisor

Catherine Trugman


This thesis presents an on-campus graduate student housing project that aims to revitalize its Downtown Atlanta neighborhood, contribute to Georgia State University’s academic goals and campus development plans, and address aspects of the housing problem that GSU’s graduate students currently face in Atlanta, Georgia. The literature review and data collected from the graduate student survey informed the design process by understanding the urban context history and identifying graduate students’ needs and preferences. The project aims to reposition a vacant office building located on-campus and convert it into student housing serving an age-diverse population offering common areas that contribute to students’ academic and social life and restaurants/coffee shops to help generate a sense of neighborhood community. The “city in the woods” concept inspired expanded interventions with natural vegetation and greenery, a natural and neutral interior color palette, and literal open-air punctuations through the building.


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