Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type

Thesis (Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Architecture



Committee Chair

James F Williamson

Committee Member

Charles Hall

Committee Member

Chere Labbe Doiron

Committee Member

Pat Faudree


The focus of this thesis is to seek and study the universalityof architectural language and its application. Language is essential to any form of communication. Themethodology of expression and thus the ability to convey meaningis crucial to all architectural languages, however, the means ofunderstanding it vary cross-culturally. This thesis focuses on thestudy of universality of architectural language and its application. A closer look is given to the issues of language and itsexpression through architectural design. Architectural languagesshare a few similarities which, if combined, could create a cohesiveand well-defined universal language. The problems of communication,expression, and multiculturality are stripped to their raw andbasic natural settings, where a universal connection among themis sought. Through an analysis of a series of basic words and expressions,and their syntax, a new, cross-culturally universal languageis suggested. The International Center presented in this thesis has thepotential to serve basic quantitative and qualitative needs of theimmigrant population. Memphis is a home for people of many culturalbackgrounds, and therefore this project is relevant, and itsfindings should be essential to a similar building type developed inthe area.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.