Third Year | First Semester Project


The studio was a study based on the Carthusian Monks, a strict order of monks from the Christian faith. With set schedules, diets, and a careful balance of isolated and communal living, Tucson Charterhouse takes the traditional layout of Charthusian Charterhouses and emphasize the most vulnerable, and important, area, the monk’s quarters. With the monk’s quarters set on the outskirts of the Charterhouse, they become the guards and creators of what is held within these sacred walls. An interior urbanism forms, similar to ancient walled cities such as early Barcelona. Taking an ancient typology and merging it with modern precedents such as SANAA’s 21st Century Museum, Tucson Charterhouse expands on how the Carthusian Monk’s enter the current era.

The first phase involved designing the cell and garden. This is where the monk spends a majority of his time and where he is isolated.

The second, and final, phase includes the communal spaces, grand cloister, and the sustainable fields. This interior urbanism flourishes as the monks dedicate themselves to prayer and study.