Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2016

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Architecture & Community Design

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art & Architecture

First Advisor

Hana Mori Bottger

Second Advisor

Anthony Blas

Third Advisor

Nathaniel Eck


Guam is an island in the Marianas that, over time, has experienced a rich cultural history brought about by its exposure to colonization, natural disasters, warfare and the continual influx of people and culture. Therefore, the architecture that exists on the island is one that divides itself into four distinct styles with each as a response to external forces that affected the island. By researching each of these styles, one is able to fully understand the holistic view of Guam’s history in order to design architecture that reflects the past with anticipation for the future. This thesis works to explore the four styles by understanding their strengths and shortcomings in order to use this knowledge to design a Cultural Center for Art and Architecture where each style is represented.