This thesis work centers on the relationship between bridge structure, construction methods and timberwork, coming from the processes of design and manufacturing. In this thesis, I intend to discover and develop different characteristics of different structures and materials and create works that are visually powerful using different visual languages. I began to learn about bridge design after I started working full time after graduating from university. During that period I was involved in the creation of several bridge designs and obtained experience as a builder. The bridge that I helped to design and build during that period is still one of the largest and most important works for me. Since the experience was so influential I planned to apply that exceptional experience in designing furniture and creating unique works in my graduate program.

In my work, the process of research and design is as follows:

1. Start with the foundations of bridge structure

2. Ensure reasonable structure is embedded into design

3. Receive feedback, determine problems and limitations

4. Continue designing and find the best ways to settle problems and address limitations

5. Develop structural forms and apply them to the next projects Through my thesis work, I carried out interactive creation through observing, investigating and probing the possibilities of applying different bridge structures to the building of furniture.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Furniture design; Bridges--Design and construction

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Student Type


Degree Name

Furniture Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Andy Buck

Advisor/Committee Member

Richard Tannen

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez


RIT – Main Campus

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