Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture



Major Professor

Brian Ambroziak

Committee Members

Gregor Kalas, Jared Sprecher


My thesis centers around the painter Piet Mondrian and a prophetic position that he held at the end of his life that architecture and painting could be united sometime in the future through the introduction of sound, namely jazz music. This is a test if a synthesis between art, architecture, site, space, content, and structure can be elicited by the infusion of jazz, rhythm, arythmos, and syncopation. The metaphorical aspect of synthesis is imperative for the current state of art and architecture and ultimately a bridge between sensory inputs and a sensorial unconscious can be reduced to a larger analogy of a bridge between the body and the soul.

Drummer Art Blakey said, “Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that’s it. No America, no Jazz.”

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