Mixed Disposition

Kemper Fagan

Fictitious Space


Keith Mitnick


The role of architecture in our daily lives is never neutral. However, the organizational nature of many architectural typologies can be distilled into similar programmatic plates. And yet we still recognize them as different. I am interested in the abstract differences in the program that accompany these typologies, how the space changes once it is occupied. This project uses the quotidian spaces we inhabit to investigate the importance of spatial personality. I am looking at the consequences of intimate encounters, influential experiences, significant memories, and the unique personalities of humans on the designs we inherit.

Through detailed character narratives, I am investigating the creation of space once it has a persona. Does space need a person to invigorate the daily architecture of our lives or can it flourish empty? Which influence is more impactful, the architecture or the person? These questions led to a secondary interest in how the characters evolve and what impact that has on the space. I focused on the way individuals change as they come into contact with other personalities. The impact we have on one another, and the secondary impact that has on the spaces we occupy, manifests as a timeline of the power of relationships. Using narrative as a method of discovery, this project investigates whether the personality of the design can be upstaged by the disposition of the inhabitant. Through a comparison of characters settling in similarly designed or similarly programmed spaces, this project asks: What is our influence on the architecture?