Designing Sustainable and Accessible Apartment Style Living for Mount Holyoke College


The intersection of sustainability, justice, and accessibility in design holds particular significance in today’s context. This thesis presents a design proposal aimed at innovating residential living at Mount Holyoke College through the lens of sustainability and accessibility. As colleges, including Mount Holyoke College, increasingly acknowledge their responsibility towards environmental stewardship and inclusivity, the need for innovative housing solutions becomes imperative. Focusing on apartment-style living as a solution to common housing accommodations for increased accessibility, this research explores how design interventions can enhance quality of student life and quality of the environment. The methodology encompasses a multifaceted approach, integrating the architectural context, green building rating systems standards as guidelines, and universal design concepts. Through literature review, case studies, and a survey, the thesis examines best practices in sustainable architecture, accessibility standards, and the context of Mount Holyoke College.