Document Type



Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor's Name

Gray Read

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Marilys Nepomechie

Third Advisor's Name

Nathaniel Belcher

Date of Defense



This thesis re-examines the implications of skin as an architectural analogy. The metaphor of skin has a long history o f usage in architecture, particularly regarding the building enclosure system. This thesis focuses on the role o f the built skin as a place of interaction between the inside and outside, rather than a simple physical barrier. Through an examination of the structure and functions of human skin and building enclosures I investigated issues o f permeability in the design of a center for cartographic research in Miami Beach. I explored layering and interdigitation as strategies for controlling the passage of air, light and views across boundaries at different scales.




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