Document Type



Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor's Name

Marilys Nepomechie

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Alice Gray Read

Third Advisor's Name

Marta Canaves

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis is to explore the design of mobile architecture that challenges traditional ideas of site through the design of a museum to commemorate immigration to the United States. This thesis develops a floating, moveable, inhabitable structure that moves on the inter-coastal waterways of South Florida, within the public areas of Miami. The floating museum offers new perceptions of the city and new means of occupying its various settings. Its architectural elements do not change but are read differently in each location. The museum brings its exhibitions to the city as an event. One moment it is there and the next it is gone. In its design, the Museum of Immigration explores the experience of leaving one place to settle in another. As a prototype, it might be the first in a series of such buildings around the country that offers a new relationship between building and site.




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